National Park Service Awards more than $1.6 Million to Protect Civil War and Revolutionary War Battlefields

Second Hanging Rock Battlefield
Second Hanging Rock Battlefield in Lancaster County, South Carolina

Photo courtesy of the Civil War Trust

News Release Date: July 13, 2016

Contact: Jeffrey Olson, 202-208-6843

Contact: Jeremy Barnum, 202-208-6843

WASHINGTON –The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 2016 to preserve 397.61 acres at 11 of America's battlefields. The grants will fund projects at battlefields that are threatened by development in Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. 

A grant awarded to Lancaster County, South Carolina for land acquisition at the Second Hanging Rock Battlefield is the first NPS grant for acquisition of land at a Revolutionary War battlefield since the expansion of the NPS American Battlefield Protection Program in 2015.

The Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since its establishment in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects. The fund does not use taxpayer dollars;the primary source of income derives from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore in waters owned by the American people.

"The National Park Service is the protector of the stories and places that define American history, including the fields of battle that shaped that history," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are a fundamental tool by which we help states and local communities preserve and protect the integrity of these important battlefields."

The Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are administered by the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. Consideration for the battlefield land acquisition grants is given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service's Civil War Sites Advisory Commission's 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields and the ABPP's 2007 Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.

Grants are awarded to units of state and local governments either for the fee simple acquisition of land or for the non-federal acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements). Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors. Please see the award lists below for partnership organizations involved in the grant projects. Complete guidelines for grant eligibility and application forms are available online at: www.nps.gov/abpp.

Only once in the past 50 years has Congress appropriated LWCF funding at the fully authorized level of $900 million. President Obama's 2017 budget request includes a legislative proposal to establish mandatory funding for LWCF programs, with full funding at $900 million. Congress provided a short-term renewal of three years for LWCF in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Chronic uncertainty and underfunding have made it increasingly challenging for local, state and federal partners to use this important conservation tool.

 

Grants Awarded in March 2016

Grantee, State

Amount

Department of Natural Resources, Maryland

South Mountain Battlefield, 33.97 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partner: Civil War Trust

$258,172.50

Department of Cultural Resources, North Carolina

Bentonville Battlefield, 9.65 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust and North Carolina State Historic Sites

$82,938.00

Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma

Honey Springs Battlefield, 5.00 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust and Oklahoma State Parks

$47,300.00

Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority, Virginia

Cool Springs Battlefield, 106.00 acres (Easement)

War: Civil War

Project Partner: Virginia Department of Historic Resources

$118,125.00

Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia

Appomattox Court House Battlefield, 90.83 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust and Virginia Department of Historic Resources

$198,650.89

Department of Historic Resources, Virginia

Tom's Brook Battlefield, 24.28 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

$116,878.00

Total

$822,064.39


Grants Awarded in June 2016

Grantee, State

Amount

Washington County, Maryland

Antietam Battlefield, 0.36 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partner:Civil War Trust

$86,122.00

Bureau of Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Battlefield, 10.18 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust and Land Conservancy of Adams County, Pennsylvania

$243,512.30

Lancaster County, South Carolina

Second Hanging Rock Battlefield, 112.00 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Revolutionary War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust (Campaign 1776) and Katawba Valley Land Trust, South Carolina

$303,146.55

Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia

Gaines Mill, 2.07 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust and Virginia Department of Historic Resources

$120,090.00

Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia

Williamsburg Battlefield, 3.27 acres (Fee Simple)

War: Civil War

Project Partners: Civil War Trust and Virginia Department of Historic Resources

$99,750.00

Total

$852,620.85

 

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Last updated: July 13, 2016

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