CORINTH – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis recently announced more than $500,000 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve over 180 acres at three of America’s Civil War battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development including Corinth.
The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was established in 1964 and has helped conserve land in every state, supporting tens of thousands of state and local projects. They were funded with money set aside in Fiscal Year 2014, but since then, Congress allowed the 50 year-old program to expire on Sept. 30, 2015, leaving an uncertain future for additional grants for similar civil war battlefield projects.
“Acquisition of these battlefields … will help our fellow citizens better understand how military conflicts have impacted important social and political changes throughout our nation’s history.” Jarvis said. “The fund helps states and local communities safeguard and preserve historic battlefields without the expenditure of tax-payer dollars.”
The other two battlefields are in Perryville, Kentucky, and Brandy Station, Virginia.