FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) -- The Florence National Cemetery could soon expand by more than 20 acres.
The Florence Morning News reports that both the county and city councils this month approved initial steps of land deals allowing the cemetery to accommodate burials for an additional 20 years.
Cemetery director Carolyn Howard says the current acreage will likely be used in six to eight years.
The city council declared 18 adjacent acres as surplus property, a designation necessary to sell the land to the federal government.
County council approved entering negotiations to buy about 30 lots it plans to donate.
The cemetery is among three national cemeteries in South Carolina.
It was established in 1865, as the burial site for thousands of Union soldiers who died at the Florence Stockade, a Confederate prison.