For Immediate Release: 01/20/12
Mill Springs Sesquicentennial Kicks Off Fundraising Effort to Protect 16 Acres of Hallowed Ground
Prior to 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Mill Springs, Civil War Trust announces fundraising campaign to preserve 16 additional acres on the battlefield
(Mill Springs, Ky.) – At a ceremony prior to the beginning of tomorrow’s Mill Springs Battlefield Association anniversary reenactment, Civil War Trust will announce a new fundraising effort for the preservation of 16 acres of hallowed ground at the heart of the Mill Springs Battlefield.
“Today, as we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mill Springs, I have the honor of announcing the Civil War Trust’s newest preservation effort,” said Trust chairman Henry Simpson. “If we are successful we will purchase the scene of the 9th Ohio’s famous assault — a pivotal moment in the battle and the first bayonet charge of the war.”
The Civil War Trust is committed to protecting remaining portions of historically significant battlefields, like Mill Springs, as a permanent and meaningful legacy of this anniversary period. Campaign 150: Our Time, Our Legacy, one of the Trust’s most ambitious projects to date, kicked off last year, seeking to raise enough funds by 2015 to protect an additional 20,000 acres of hallowed ground. The Trust has previously worked with the Mill Springs Battlefield Association to preserve 379 acres at this site.
The purchase price of the property, which sits along State Highway 235 and had been at risk from commercial and residential development, is $175,000. But the Trust has applied for a 50 percent matching grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program to complete the transaction, leaving $87,500 to be raised from private donations. More information about the project is available at www.civilwar.org/millsprings12.
Spurred by the charge of the 9th Ohio on this property, the Battle of Mill Springs, fought January 19, 1862, was a decisive Union victory that significantly damaged the Confederate position in eastern Kentucky and shifted the war effort into middle Tennessee.
To further mark Mill Springs’s 150th anniversary, Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) yesterday introduced two pieces of legislation related to the battlefield. The first, H.Res. 517, a nonbinding resolution commemorating those who fought at Mill Springs and praising the preservation work done there to date, was introduced with the support of the entire Kentucky delegation. The second, H.R. 3792, would direct the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study investigating the potential to incorporate the Mill Springs battlefield into the national park system.
In addition to the Mill Springs property, the Trust is currently engaged in active fundraising efforts to save significant battlefield properties at Bentonville, N.C., Fredericksburg, Va., Gaines’ Mill, Va., Perryville, Ky., and Shiloh/Fallen Timbers, Tenn., as well as an ambitions sesquicentennial preservation effort of broader scope. To learn more about Campaign 150 and other active efforts, please visit www.civilwar.org/campaign150.
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 more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including 379 acres at Mill Springs. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.