Closure isn't keeping people out of battlefield

Closure isn't keeping people out of battlefield

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KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - The partial government shutdown isn't stopping people from hiking at one of the nation's most-visited Civil War battlefields.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was officially closed Tuesday, but people were still visiting the battlefield where Confederate forces tried to stop William T. Sherman's Union army from reaching Atlanta in 1864.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Chief Park Ranger Anthony Winegar stood guard at the entrance of the parking lot all day Tuesday, trying to keep park attendees from driving into the parking lot.

But people parked in a county lot less than a half-mile from the entrance and were still allowed to walk into the park, just northwest of Atlanta.

Federal lawmakers have been locked in a political battle that led to national parks being closed across the country.

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