The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission announced earlier this week a matching grant of more than $1.8 million has been awarded to the American Battlefield Trust for their effort to preserve 42 acres of land associated with the Battle of Stones River. Superintendent Brenda Pennington said, “We are excited about the possibility of preserving a key sector of land where the Battle of Stones River raged on both December 31, 1862 and January 2, 1863. We appreciate the commitment of the Tennessee Historical Commission, the Tennessee Wars Commission and the American Battlefield Trust to preserving landscapes that saw some of the most important events in our nation’s history unfold.”
While the grant award represents an important step in the process, much work remains to complete the preservation of this important site. Superintendent Pennington urges the park’s supporters and friends to, “remain hopeful as we await further news on this effort as the American Battlefield Trust works through their process.”
Stones River National Battlefield, a unit of the National Park Service, preserves and interprets the site of one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. For more information about the park and its resources visit the park’s website (https://www.nps.gov/stri) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StonesRiverNPS).