(NASHVILLE, TN), October 15, 2009 – Local State Senator Bill Ketron said today that an expansion request was signed yesterday by Senate Finance Chairman Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), clearing the way for the purchase of 84 acres for the Spring Hill Battlefield. Last month, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced the $1.9 million grant had been awarded to purchase the property from General Motors where Union and Confederate forces fought in the Battle of Spring Hill in 1864.
“The expansion request was required before the grant could be issued,” said Senator Ketron, who is Chairman of the General Assembly Fiscal Review Committee, which is the panel that monitors state spending. “Now that it has been signed, the project can move forward. This was a priority Civil War preservation site that is of tremendous historic value to our community.”
The Tennessee Historical Commission will make the grant to the Civil War Preservation Trust, which will then acquire the property. The State of Tennessee will be granted an easement on the property by the Civil War Preservation Trust once it has been purchased.
The battlefield property was in danger of commercial or residential development because the property is on U.S. Highway 31 and adjoins State Highway 396. The Civil War Preservation Trust intends to retain ownership of the property and operate it a historic site in conjunction with Rippavilla.