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terior, without reimbursement, two tracts of land, comprising two hundred six acres, more or less, situated on either side of Siege Road adjacent to Petersburg National Military Park, Virginia. Upon completion of such transfer, all lands, interest in lands, and other property in Federal ownership and under the administration of the National Park Seryice as a part of or in conjunction with Petersburg National Military Park, in and about the city of Petersburg, Virginia, and comprising one thousand five hundred thirty-one acres, more or less, upon publication of the description thereof in the Federal Register by the Secretary of the Interior, shall constitute the Petersburg National Military Park. (Sept. 7, 1949, ch. 543, § 1, 63 Stat. 691.)

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS All functions of all other officers of the Department of the Interior and all functions of all agencies and employees of such Department were, with two exceptions, transferred to the Secretary of the Interior, with power vested in him to authorize their performance or the performance of any of his functions by any of such oficers, agencies, and employees, by 1950 Reorg. Plan No. 3, $$ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 16 F. R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1262, set out in note under section 481 of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees. $ 423a-2. Same; adjustment of boundary.

The Secretary of the Interior is further authorized to adjust the boundary of the Petersburg National Military Park through purchase, exchange, or transfer: Provided, That in doing so the total area of the park will not be increased and that such changes will become effective upon publication of the description thereof in the Federal Register by the Secretary of the Interior. (Sept. 7, 1949, ch. 543, § 2, 63 Stat. 692.)

and materials as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 423—423h of this title. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 4, 44 Stat. 822; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

CROSS REFERENCES Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 423 of this title. § 423d. Same; acceptance and disposition of gifts.

The commission, acting through the Secretary of the Interior, is authorized to receive gifts and contributions from States, Territories, societies, organizations, and individuals for the Petersburg National Military Park: Provided, That all contributions of money received shall be deposited in the Treasury of the United States and credited to a fund to be designated “Petersburg National Military Park Fund”, which fund shall be applied to and expended under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, for carrying out the provisions of sections 423—423h of this title. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 5, 44 Stat. 822; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

CROSS REFERENCES Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 423 of this title.

§ 423b. Same; commission; organization.

The affairs of the Petersburg National Military Park shall, subject to the supervision and direction of the Secretary of the Interior, be in charge of three commissioners, consisting of Army officers, civilians, or both, to be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, one of whom shall be designated as chairman and another as secretary of the commission. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 3, 44 Stat. 822; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

CROSS REFERENCES Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 423 of this title. 8 423c. Same; duties of commission.

It shall be the duties of the commissioners, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, to superintend the opening or repair of such roads as may be necessary to the purposes of the park, and to ascertain and mark with historical tablets or otherwise, as the Secretary of the Interior may determine, all breastworks, earthworks, walls, or other defenses or shelters, lines of battle, location of troops, buildings, and other historical points of interest within the park or in its vicinity, and the said commission in establishing the park shall have authority, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, to employ such labor and service at rates to be fixed by the Secretary of the Interior, and to obtain such supplies

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§ 423e. Same; ascertaining and marking lines of battle.

It shall be lawful for the authorities of any State having had troops engaged at Petersburg, to enter upon the lands and approaches of the Petersburg National Military Park for the purpose of ascertaining and marking the lines of battle of troops engaged therein: Provided, That before any such lines are permanently designated, the position of the lines and the proposed methods of marking them by monuments, tablets, or otherwise, including the design and inscription for the same, shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior and shall first receive written approval of the Secretary, which approval shall be based upon formal written reports to be made to him in each case by the commissioners of the park: Provided, That no discrimination shall be made against any State as to the manner of designating lines, but any grant made to any State by the Secretary of the Interior may be used by any other State. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 6, 44 Stat. 823; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

CROSS REFERENCES Transfer of administrative furctions of park, see note under section 423 of this title. § 423f. Same; protection of monuments, etc.

If any person shall, except by permission of the Secretary of the Interior, destroy, mutilate, deface, injure, or remove any monument, column, statues, memorial structures, or work of art that shall be erected or placed upon the grounds of the park by lawful authority, or shall destroy or remove any fence, railing, inclosure, or other work for the protection or ornament of said park, or any portion thereof, or shall destroy, cut, hack, bark, break down, or otherwise injure any tree, bush, or shrubbery that may be growing upon said park, or shall cut down or fell or remove any timber, battle relic, tree or

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trees growing or being upon said park, or hunt within the limits of the park, or shall remove or destroy any breastworks, earthworks, walls, or other defenses or shelter or any part thereof constructed by the armies formerly engaged in the battles on the lands or approaches to the park, any person so offending and found guilty thereof before any United States commissioner or court, justice of the peace of the county in which the offense may be committed, or any other court of competent jurisdiction, shall for each and every such offense forfeit and pay a fine, in the discretion of the said United States commissioner or court, justice of the peace, or other court, according to the aggravation of the offense, of not less than $5 nor more than $500, one-half for the use of the park and the other half to the informant, to be enforced and recovered before such United States commissioner or court, justice of the peace or other court, in like manner as debts of like nature were, on July 3, 1926, by law recoverable in the several counties where the offense may be committed. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 7, 44 Stat. 823; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

CROSS REFERENCES Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 423 of this title.

of the city limits of said city or within five miles of the boundary of the present Richmond Battlefield State Park, as shall be designated by the Secretary of the Interior, in the exercise of his discretion as necessary or desirable for national battlefield park purposes, shall have been vested in the United States, such area or areas shall be established, dedicated, and set apart as a public park for the benefit and inspiration of the people and shall be known as the "Richmond National Battlefield Park": Provided, That such area or areas shall include, at least, the Richmond Battlefield Parks now belonging to the State of Virginia. (Mar. 2, 1936, ch. 113, § 1, 49 Stat. 1155.)

§ 423k. Same; acceptance of donations of lands and

funds; acquisition of lands. The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to accept in behalf of the United States donations of lands, interest in lands, buildings, structures and other property within the boundaries of the said park as authorized in section 423j of this title and donations of funds for the purchase and/or maintenance thereof, the title and evidence of title to lands purchased or otherwise acquired to be satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior: Provided, That he may acquire on behalf of the United States out of any donated funds, by purchase at prices deemed by him reasonable, or by condemnation under the provisions of sections 257 and 258 of Title 40, such tracts of land within the said national battlefield park as may be necessary for the completion thereof. (Mar. 2, 1936, ch. 113, § 2, 49 Stat. 1156.)

§ 423g. Same; rules and regulations.

The Secretary of the Interior, subject to the approval of the President, shall have the power to make and shall make all needful rules and regulations for the care of the park, and for the establishment and marking of lines of battle and other historical features of the park. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 8, 44 Stat. 823; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

CROSS REFERENCES Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 423 of this title.

$ 423h. Same; report of completion; superintendent

of park. Upon completion of the acquisition of the land and the work of the commission, the Secretary of the Interior shall render a report thereon to Congress, and thereafter the park shall be placed in charge of a superintendent at a salary to be fixed by the Secretary of the Interior and paid out of the appropriation available for the maintenance of the park. (July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 9, 44 Stat. 823; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 423 of this title.

§ 4231. Same; administration, protection and develop

ment. The administration, protection, and development of the aforesaid national battlefield park shall be exercised under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior by the National Park Service, subject to the provisions of sections 1 and 2–4 of this title. (Mar. 2, 1936, ch. 113, $ 3, 49 Stat. 1156.)

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS All functions of all other officers of the Department of the Interior and all functions of all agencies and employees of such Department were, with two exceptions, transferred to the Secretary of the Interior, with power vested in him to authorize their performance or the performance of any of his functions by any of such officers, agencies, and employees, by 1950 Reorg. Plan No. 3, $$ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F. R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1262, set out in note under section 481 of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees. & 423m. Eutaw Springs Battlefield Site; establish

ment; purpose. For the purpose of commemorating the battle which occurred at Eutaw Springs, in the State of South Carolina, during the Revolutionary War, when title to such lands on the site of the Battle of Eutaw Springs as may be designated by the Secretary of the Interior in the exercise of his discretion as necessary or desirable for battlefield-site purposes, shall be vested in the United States, said area shall be set apart as a battlefield site for the benefit and inspiration of the people and shall be called the Eutaw Springs Battlefield Site. (June 26, 1936, ch. 840, $ 1, 49 Stat. 1975.)

8 423i. Same; appropriation,

CODIFICATION Section, act July 3, 1926, ch. 746, § 10, 44 Stat. 823, appropriated $15,000 for carrying out provisions of sections 423-423h of this title to be available until expended.

$ 423j. Richmond National Battlefield Park; establish

ment. When title to all such lands, structures, and other property in the military battlefield area or areas in the city of Richmond, Virginia, or within five miles

8 423n. Same; acceptance of lands and funds; acquisi

tion of lands. The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to accept donations of land, interests in land, and/or buildings, structures, and other property within the boundaries of the said battlefield site as determined and fixed hereunder, and donations of funds for the purchase and/or maintenance thereof, the title and evidence of title to lands acquired to be satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior: Provided, That he may acquire on behalf of the United States out of any donated funds, either by purchase at prices deemed by him reasonable, or by condemnation under the provisions of sections 257 and 258 of Title 40, such tracts of land on the said battlefield site as may be necessary for the completion thereof. (June 26, 1936, ch. 840, $ 2, 49 Stat. 1975.)

REFERENCES IN TEXT Section 258 of Title 40, referred to in the text, was omitted from the Code as superseded by Rule 71A of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, following section 2072 of Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure. § 4230. Same; administration and development.

The administration, protection, and development of the aforesaid battlefield site shall be exercised under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior by the National Park Service, subject to the provisions of sections 1 and 2–4 of this title. (June 26, 1936, ch. 840, 83, 49 Stat. 1975.)

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS All functions of all other officers of the Department of the Interior and all functions of all agencies and employees of such Department were, with two exceptions, transferred to the Secretary of the Interior, with power vested in him to authorize their performance or the performance of any of his functions by any of such officers, agencies, and employees, by 1950 Reorg. Plan No. 3, $$ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F. R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1262, set out in note under section 481 of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees. 8 424. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Mili

tary Park. For the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study, the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the War of the Rebellion, those portions of highways in the States of Georgia and Tennessee in the vicinity of the battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, respectively, jurisdiction over which has heretofore been ceded to the United States by those States respectively and as to which the United States has heretofore acquired a perfect title, shall be approaches to and parts of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and each and all of such roads shall remain open as free and public highways, and all rights of way which existed on August 19, 1890, through the grounds of the said Park and its approaches shall be continued. The lands and roads embraced in the area at and near the battlefield of Chickamauga and around Chattanooga, jurisdiction over which has heretofore been ceded to the United States by the State of Georgia and as to which a perfect title has heretofore been secured,

together with the roads hereinbefore described, shall be a national military park, to be known as Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park. The said Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park and the approaches thereto shall be under the control of the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to enter into agreements upon such nominal terms as he may prescribe, with such persons, who were owners of the land on August 19, 1890, as may desire to remain upon it, to occupy and cultivate their then holdings, upon condition that they will preserve the then buildings and roads, and the then outlines of field and forest, and that they will only cut trees or underbrush under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, and that they will assist in caring for and protecting all tablets, monuments, or such other artificial works as may from time to time be erected by proper authority. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior to superintend the opening of such roads as may be necessary to the purposes of the park, and the repair of the roads of the same, and to ascertain and definitely mark the lines of battle of all troops engaged in the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, so far as the same shall fall within the lines of the park. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior to cause to be ascertained and substantially marked the locations of the regular troops within the boundaries of the park, and to erect monuments upon those positions as Congress may provide the necessary appropriations; and the Secretary of the Interior in the same way may ascertain and mark all lines of battle within the boundaries of the park and erect plain and substantial historical tablets at such points in the vicinity of the park and its approaches as he may deem fitting and necessary to clearly designate positions and movements, which, although without the limits of the park, were directly connected with the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. It shall be lawful for the authorities of any State having troops engaged either at Chattanooga or Chickamauga, and for the officers and directors of the Chickamauga Memorial Association, a corporation chartered under the laws of Georgia, to enter upon the lands and approaches of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park for the purpose of ascertaining and marking the lines of battle of troops engaged therein: Provided, That before any such lines are permanently designated the position of the lines and the proposed methods of marking them by monuments, tablets, or otherwise shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, and shall first receive the written approval of the Secretary. The Secretary of the Interior, subject to the approval of the President of the United tates, shall have the power to make, and shall make, all needed regula. tions for the care of the park and for the establishment and marking of the lines of battle and other historical features of the park: Provided further, That State memorials shall be placed on brigade lines of battle under the direction of the National Park Service.

No monuments or memorials shall be erected upon any lands of the park, or remain upon any lands Georgia, now a part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. (Mar. 5, 1912, ch. 148, § 2, 56 Stat. 133.)

which may be purchased for the park, except upon ground actually occupied in the course of the battle by troops of the State which the proposed monuments are intended to commemorate, except upon those sections of the park set apart for memorials to troops which were engaged in the campaigns, but operated outside of the legal limits of the park. Notwithstanding the restrictive provisions of this paragraph, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized in his discretion to permit without cost to the United States the erection of monuments or memorials to commemorate encampments of Spanish War organizations which were encamped in said park during the period of the Spanish-American War. (Aug. 19, 1890, ch. 806, 26 Stat. 333; Mar. 3, 1891, ch. 542, 26 Stat. 978; Feb. 26, 1896, ch. 33, 29 Stat. 21; June 4, 1897, ch. 2, 30 Stat. 43; Apr. 15, 1926, ch, 146, title II, 44 Stat. 289; Feb. 23, 1927, ch. 167, title I, 44 Stat. 1140; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS Administrative functions of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park were transferred to the De. partment of the Interior by Ex. Ord. Nos. 6166 and 6228, set out in notes under section 132 of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees.

National Park Service was substituted for Office of Na. tional Parks, Buildings, and Reservations referred to in Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, by act Mar. 2, 1934, ch. 38, § 1, 48 Stat. 389.

8 424a. Same; acceptance of donations of lands.

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized, in his discretion, to accept in behalf of the United States lands, easements, and buildings as may be donated for an addition to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park lying within what is known as the “Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain Park" (a corporation, Adolph S. Ochs, president) and/or any lands within one mile of said Chattanooga-Lookout Mountain Park in the States of Tennessee and Georgia. (May 4, 1934, ch. 218, § 1, 48 Stat. 666.)

8 424a-3. Same; addition of surplus Government

lands; publication of notice; effective date. Effective upon publication of notice, as hereinafter provided, there shall be added to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, a strip of land, comprising not more than one hundred acres, lying generally north of the present south line of Fort Oglethorpe and westward from the southeast corner thereof. The exact boundaries of the area added to the park shall be agreed upon by the Administrator, General Services Administration, and the Director of the National Park Service.

When the boundaries of the aforesaid area have been agreed upon, the General Services Administration shall furnish to the National Park Service a legal description of the lands to be added to the park, together with a map showing the boundaries and the acreage of the area.

Upon the receipt by the National Park Service of such legal description and map of the area, public notice that such lands are to become a part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, effective on the date of publication of such notice, shall be given in the Federal Register. (June 24, 1948, ch. 630, 62 Stat. 646; June 30, 1949, ch. 288, title I, § 105, 63 Stat. 381.)

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS All functions of the War Assets Administration and the War Assets Administrator were transferred to the General Services Administration and the Administrator of General Services, respectively, by act June 30, 1949. See section 630c of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees.

All functions of all other officers of the Department of the Interior and all functions of all agencies and employees of such Department were, with two exceptions, transferred to the Secretary of the Interior, with power vested in him to authorize their performance or the performance of any of his functions by any of such oficers, agencies, and employees, by 1950 Reorg. Plan No. 3, $$ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F. R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1262, set out in note under section 481 of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees. § 424a-4. Same; acquisition of additional lands.

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to accept, as an addition to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, donations of not to exceed one thousand and four hundred acres of land and interests in land situated generally within the Moccasin Bend of the Tennessee River lying west of the city of Chattanooga.

All property acquired pursuant to this section shall become a part of the national military park upon the issuance of an appropriate order, or orders, by the Secretary of the Interior setting forth the revised boundaries of the park, such order or orders to be effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Lands so added to the park shall thereafter be subject to all laws and regulations applicable to the park. (Aug. 3, 1950, ch. 532, $$ 1, 2, 64 Stat. 405.)

CODIFICATION Section is comprised of sections 1 and 2 of act Aug. 3, 1950.

8 424a-1. Same; acceptance of donations of lands

and other property on Signal Mountain. The Secretary of the Interior, in his discretion, is authorized to accept, on behalf of the United States, donations of lands, buildings, structures, and other property, or interests therein, on Signal Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee, for addition to the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the title to such property or interests to be satisfactory to him. Upon acquisition, such lands shall be a part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and shall be subject to all laws and regulations applicable thereto.

(Mar. 5, 1942, ch. 148, § 1, 56 Stat. 133.)

8 424a-2. Same; conveyance of portion of Park to

Georgia. The Secretary of the Interior, in his discretion, is authorized to convey, without consideration but under such terms and conditions as he may deem advisable, to the State of Georgia all of lot 78 and approximately one hundred and fifty acres of lot 114, Eleventh District, fourth section, of Dade County,

14, 1927, ch. 127, § 1, 44 Stat. 1091; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

REFERENCES IN TEXT Act June 7, 1924, ch. 339, 43 Stat. 646, referred to in the text was temporary and is not carried in the Code.

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS Administrative functions of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle Fields Memorial were transferred to the Department of the Interior by Ex. Ord. Nos. 6166 and 6228, set out in notes under section 132 of Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees.

National Park Service was substituted for Office of National Parks, Buildings, and Reservations referred to in Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, by act Mar. 2, 1934, ch. 38, $ 1, 48 Stat. 389.

8 424b. Same; application of laws to donated lands.

All laws affecting the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park shall be extended and apply to any addition or additions which may be added to said park under the authority of section 424a of this title. (May 4, 1934, ch. 218, § 2, 48 Stat. 666.) § 425. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle

Fields Memorial; establishment. In order to commemorate the Civil War battles of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Court House, Wilderness, and Chancellorsville, including Salem Church, all located at or near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and to mark and preserve for historical purposes the breastworks, earthworks, gun emplacements, walls, or other defenses or shelters used by the armies in said battles, so far as the marking and preservation of the same are practicable, the land herein authorized to be acquired, or so much thereof as may be taken, and the highways and approaches herein authorized to be constructed, are declared to be a national military park to be known as the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle Fields Memorial whenever the title to the same shall have been acquired by the United States, the said land so to be acquired being the land necessary for a park of the plan indicated on the index map sheet filed with the report of the Battle Field Commission appointed pursuant to an Act entitled "An Act to provide for the inspection of the battle fields in and around Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia," approved on the 7th day of June 1924, said index map sheet being referred to in said report, and particularly in the “Combined PlanAntietam system," described in said report, the first of the plans mentioned in said report under the heading “Combined Plan-Antietam system" being the plan which is adopted, the said land herein authorized to be acquired being such land as the Secretary of the Interior may deem necessary to establish a park on the combined plan, Antietam system, above referred to, the particular boundaries of such land to be fixed by surveys made previous to the attempt to acquire the same, and authority is given to the Secretary of the Interior to acquire for the purposes of sections 425—425j of this title the land above mentioned, or so much thereof as he may deem necessary, together with all such existing breastworks, earthworks, gun emplacements, walls, defenses, shelters, or other historical points as the Secretary of the Interior may deem necessary, whether shown on said index map sheet or not, and together also with such additional land as the Secretary of the Interior may deem necessary for monuments, markers, tablets, roads, highways, paths, approaches, and to carry out the general purposes of said sections. As title is acquired to parts of the land herein authorized to be acquired, the Secretary of the Interior may proceed with the establishment of the park upon such portions so acquired, and the remaining portions of the lands desired shall be respectively brought within said park as titles to said portions are severally acquired. (Feb.

8 425a. Same; acquisition of lands.

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to cause condemnation proceedings to be instituted in the name of the United States under the provisions of sections 257 and 258 of Title 40, to acquire title to the lands, interests therein, or rights pertaining thereto within the said Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle Fields Memorial, hereinabove authorized to be acquired, and the United States shall be entitled to immediate possession upon the filing of the petition in condemnation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia: Provided, That when the owner of such lands, interests therein, or rights pertaining thereto shall fix a price for the same, which in the opinion of the commission, referred to in section 425c of this title, and the Secretary of the Interior, shall be reasonable, the Secretary may purchase the same without further delay: Provided further, That the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to accept on behalf of the United States, donations of lands, interests therein or rights pertaining thereto required for the said Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle Fields Memorial: And provided further, That no public money shall be expended for title to any lands until a written opinion of the Attorney General shall be had in favor of the validity of title thereto. (Feb. 14, 1927, ch. 127, § 2, 44 Stat. 1092; Ex. Ord. No. 6166, § 2, June 10, 1933; Ex. Ord. No. 6228, § 1, July 28, 1933.)

REFERENCES IN TEXT Section 258 of Title 40, referred to in the text, was omitted from the Code as superseded by Rule 71A of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, following section 2072 of Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS Transfer of administrative functions of park, see note under section 425 of this title.

§ 425b. Same; leasing lands for memorial.

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to enter into leases with the owners of such of the lands, works, defenses, and buildings thereon within the said Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle Fields Memorial, as in his discretion it is unnecessary to forthwith acquire title to, and such leases shall be on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe, and may contain options to purchase, subject to er acceptance if in

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