Mill Springs Battlefield Park Expanding
A Kentucky Civil War site is growing. Mills Springs Battlefield Park is expanding by nearly 100 acres.
According to The Commonwealth-Journal, Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers and officials with the national Civil War Trust organization appeared at the Mill Springs Battlefield Museum in Nancy last week to announce the preservation of 95 acres of property that will become part of the park devoted to the seminal Civil War battle.
The acreage makes up two properties that are known locally as the Landmark Ventures tract and Gladstone-Muse tract. They will be added to the 450 acres currently protected in the park.
The protection of the two tracts of land was the result of a national fundraising effort initiated by the Civil War Trust, one which brought in approximately $832,000.
James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust, said that one of the key factors to preserving battlefields in the United States is to have a "viable local group," which Pulaski County does in the Mill Springs Battlefield Association (MSBA).
"People ask me, `Why do you preserve Civil War battlefields?'" said Lighthizer. "The answer I give is that the American Civil War was a defining time in American history. In many ways, it made this country what it is today. It is essential ... that citizens, particularly future citizens, understand the history of this country."
Lighthizer said another deal is in the works that could bring the Mill Springs Battlefield size up to about 600 acres when finalized.