Alexander: Bill Expanding Shiloh National Military Park Protects Sites For Future Generations

Posted on July 13, 2016

Says Senate committee-approved legislation could attract more visitors to Tennessee, boost local economies

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that legislation that would expand the boundaries of Shiloh National Military Park to include three Civil War battlefields in Tennessee and Mississippi and designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System will honor our obligation as American’s to preserve and protect our heritage.

“Preserving and protecting these sites will allow future generations to learn their history by walking these fields. Learning from the past helps us become better Americans in the future, and these sites will also provide an opportunity to attract more visitors to Tennessee and strengthen the local economies,” Alexander said.

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act. Alexander serves on the committee and is the primary author of the legislation.

The Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act designates battlefields at Davis Bridge and Fallen Timbers in Tennessee, and Russell House in Tennessee and Mississippi, as part of Shiloh National Military Park. The legislation also designates Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. The National Park Service has already determined that these battlefields are nationally significant and in need of preservation and protection. The majority of the land included in this legislation is currently owned by the State of Tennessee or the Civil War Trust.

Alexander introduced the legislation in the Senate in August 2015. On June 7, 2016, the House of Representatives unanimously passed its version of the bill, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). The bill must now be considered by the full Senate.

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