Alexander, Frist, Blackburn, Davis Announce Congressional Approval of Franklin Battlefield Legislation

Posted on November 17, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.) in announcing that both the House and Senate have unanimously approved their legislation to initiate a feasibility study by the National Park Service to include Franklin Battlefield sites in the National Park System. “The Franklin Battlefield is an important piece of our nation’s history, and preserving this Civil War site will help educate countless Americans for years to come,” Frist said. Senator Alexander and I especially appreciate the dedication of Representatives Blackburn and Davis, both of whom worked hard to secure House passage of this legislation. I would also like to commend the city of Franklin and the community leaders who have dedicated much time and energy to protecting the battlefield. This has truly been a team effort to preserve a vital part of American history.” "The Franklin Battlefield represents a turning point in the Civil War. Preserving it is an important part of teaching future generations about Tennessee and American history," Alexander said. "Mayor Tom Miller, the city of Franklin and many others in the community have done an excellent job in trying to balance the competing needs of proper development and proper preservation. I’ve been proud to work with Senator Frist and Representatives Blackburn and Davis to support Franklin’s local efforts to preserve this important piece of history." "I've lived in Williamson County for nearly 27 years now and in that time we've seen a lot of things change. One thing that han't changed though is the community's commitment to preserving our history,” Blackburn said. “The Battle of Franklin marked the beginning of America's rebirth, and it shouldn't be forgotten. Franklin residents, our mayor, our team in the Senate and our House delegation have all worked to bring this project along and it's great to see such a significant step foward in such a short period of time. We should all thank Robert Hicks and his stunning book, 'The Widow of the South,' for helping put Franklin Battlefield on the map for so many Americans." "The actions taken on the Franklin Battlefield mark a time of major upheaval in our nation's history. I believe it is our duty to preserve this historical battlefield, and we are bound by the respect and homage we must pay for those who died to preserve the nation we hold so dear and revere today. But this is also for our children and grandchildren, who will now be able to experience a chapter in our nation's history in a way that a textbook cannot provide," said Davis. "I applaud the work of Senators Frist and Alexander, Representative Blackburn, Mayor Miller, and the numerous community leaders in protecting what is not just a piece of land, but a symbol of who we are, what we've gone through, and where we are going." The Franklin Battlefield was named one of the “10 most endangered” Civil War battlefields in the nation by the Civil War Preservation Trust, America’s largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. Franklin has been very active in trying to preserve the battlefield, including a pledge of $2.5 million by the city of Franklin to preserve a piece of the battlefield near Carnton Plantation. The legislation authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a study to determine the national significance of the Franklin Battlefield sites as well as the feasibility of including the sites within the National Park System. The Secretary of Interior will then report the findings of the study to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Resources. The bill now goes to the President for signature.