Alexander pushes to include more Civil War battlefields in National Park system

News release from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office:
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation that would expand the boundary 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.

“As Americans, we have a special obligation to preserve and protect our heritage,” Alexander said. “Including these Civil War battlefields in the National Park System will honor that commitment, while providing an opportunity to attract more visitors to Tennessee and strengthen the local economies.”

The legislation would designate battlefields at Davis Bridge and Fallen Timbers in Tennessee and Russell House in Tennessee and Mississippi as part of Shiloh National Military Park.

The National Park Service has already determined that these battlefields are nationally significant and in need of preservation and protection, and the majority of the land included in this legislation is currently owned by the state of Tennessee or the Civil War Trust, which would speed the process of including these areas in the system