Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 04/13/11

Media Advisory: Country Music Star Trace Adkins to Testify Before Congress on Importance of Battlefield Preservation

(Washington, D.C.) – Exactly 150 years after the formal surrender of Fort Sumter, inaugurating a four-year struggle that consumed America and made us the nation we are today, country music sensation Trace Adkins will testify to Congress about protecting Civil War battlefields for future generations of Americans.

Adkins, known for a string of hits including “I Got My Game On” and You’re Gonna Miss This,” as well as his outstanding performance on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” has long been a champion of Civil War battlefield preservation.  Adkins has described a visit to the site where his great-great-grandfather fought as a “spiritual moment” that would not have been possible without the battlefield preservation movement. 

Adkins will be testifying at a public hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, chaired by Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).  The subcommittee is considering proposed FY2012 appropriations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction.  Joining Adkins at the hearing will be Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer.  The hearing will be held on April 14 at 10 a.m. ET in B-308 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

WHO:  County music star Trace Adkins and Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer

WHAT:  Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

WHEN: April 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. ET

WHERE: Room B-308, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.



  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861, ext.7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861, ext.7231
  • Tiffany Shipp, (212) 691-2800

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