For Immediate Release: 10/14/11
Civil War Trust Contributes to Legacy Parks Foundation's Preservation Efforts on Armstrong's Hill
Foundation, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announce $10,000 gift toward Knoxville Campaign acquisition project
(Knoxville, Tenn.) – The Civil War Trust, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting America’s vanishing Civil War battlefields, has announced a $10,000 commitment to the Knoxville-based Legacy Parks Foundation’s effort to purchase an approximately 70-acre property associated with the November 25, 1863, fighting on Armstrong’s Hill. The contribution was announced today by Foundation executive director Carol Evans during the organization’s annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks, with keynote speaker Gov. Bill Haslam.
Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer gave the following statement to confirm the commitment:
“The Civil War Trust is honored to participate in this landmark acquisition on the site of the Battle of Armstrong’s Hill, and to help complete the vision for urban parkland espoused by the Legacy Parks Foundation. Today, we join Gov. Haslam and other civic leaders in praising this group’s inspirational efforts to preserve their community’s irreplaceable historic and natural sites.
“Armstrong’s Hill is truly hallowed ground, and the Civil War Trust is proud to be a partner in its protection. In the Legacy Parks Foundation, these battlefields have found a great champion, one that we are confident will continue working to enhance this historic site and, in doing so, encourage heritage tourism and provide recreational opportunities for local residents.”
Since many sites associated with the Knoxville Campaign have been lost to development, in 2009 the Legacy Parks Foundation jumped at the chance to purchase a 70-acre parcel on Armstrong’s Hill that had previously been slated for condominiums. Once fundraising for the project is completed, the site will be donated to the City of Knoxville as a public park. The effort marks the Civil War Trust’s first project associated with the Knoxville Campaign, although it has been involved in the preservation of nearly 2,500 acres across the Volunteer State.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved over 30,000 acres of battlefield in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.