Mill Springs Civil War battlefield park adds 95 acres

bestep@herald-leader.comOctober 21, 2013 

Civil War re-enactors stood at attention during the service at Mill Springs.

Two additional tracts of land totaling 95 acres have been preserved at the historic Mill Springs Civil War battlefield, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers announced Monday.

The January 1862 battle in Pulaski and Wayne counties is considered the first decisive Union victory in the western theater of the war, helping crack Confederate defenses in southern Kentucky.

The privately run battlefield park comprised 450 acres before the addition of the land announced Monday.

The park includes driving and walking tours of the battlefield; two restored historic homes; and a 10,000-square-foot museum and visitor center at Nancy, in Pulaski County.

The battlefield association used $832,000 in private donations and federal grant money to expand the park. Rogers has been a strong supporter of the grant program, representatives of the Civil War Trust said Monday.

"By preserving this battlefield, we ensure that their sacrifices will never be forgotten, and their brave deeds will inspire Americans for generations to come," Rogers said at a news conference, speaking of the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought in the battle.

Officials also announced an opportunity to acquire another 102 acres. The Civil War Trust has the land under contract and plans to raise the $724,000 needed to preserve it.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

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