Franklin Home Page news reports The Franklin Battlefield is one of eight Civil War sites to receive more than $2.4 million in grants to help in land acquisition.
The Franklin Battlefield is one of eight Civil War sites to receive more than $2.4 million in grants to help in land acquisition.
Franklin will receive $112,800 in grants. National Park Services Director Jonathan B. Jarvis made the announcement last week.
“The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War provides what may be the last great opportunity for our nation to save significant portions of battlefields from the war,” said Jarvis. “We are pleased to provide funding that will assist in the permanent preservation and protection of these hallowed grounds.”
The grants were made from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help states and local communities acquire and preserve threatened Civil War battlefield land outside the boundaries of National Park units. Priority was given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields (CWSAC Report). Funds were awarded based on the property’s location within CWSAC-defined core and/or study areas, the threat to the battlefield land to be acquired, and the availability of required non-Federal matching funds.
Grant projects also include fee simple purchases at Perryville, Kentucky ($43,715); Mill Springs, Kentucky ($330,500); Bentonville, North Carolina ($168, 720); Second Manassas, Virginia ($196,500); Peebles’ Farm, Virginia; and Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia ($91,600); and the purchase of an easement at Cool Springs, Virginia ($1,500,000).