For Immediate Release: 03/23/12
Media Advisory: Civil War Trust, Federal and State Officials to Announce Preservation Victories for Shiloh Anniversary
(Shiloh, Tenn.) – On Thursday, April 5, 2012, as part of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s annual signature event, officials from the Civil War Trust, the National Park Service (NPS), and the State of Tennessee will gather to announce recent preservation successes at the Shiloh Battlefield.
During the event, which will be held in the days immediately prior to the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Shiloh, the Civil War Trust will announce three recent preservation efforts on the storied battlefield. These efforts include the transfer of 167 acres of hallowed ground to NPS, the announcement of a $1.25 million campaign to save an additional 491 acres of battlefield land at Shiloh, and an update on progress to preserve 267 acres at nearby Fallen Timbers.
The land being transferred was purchased by the Trust with the intention that it would eventually become part of Shiloh National Military Park. As part of its goal to create a permanent legacy of the sesquicentennial commemoration, the Department of the Interior has made acquisition of such properties a top priority.
The announcement will take place during the opening session of Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s signature event “Invasions by Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh.” The event begins at 9:00 a.m. at Pickwick Landing State Park. All events, including living histories, lectures and musical performances, are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit www.tncivilwar150.com for more information.
WHAT: Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission signature event, featuring preservation announcements by the Civil War Trust
WHO: Civil War Trust chairman emeritus John L. Nau, III and president James Lighthizer; NPS and Tennessee state officials
WHEN: April 5, 2012 at 9 a.m. CT
WHERE: Pickwick Landing State Park, Pickwick Dam, Tenn.
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. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.