CIVIL WAR TRUST
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., were among those honored last week for their efforts toward Civil War historic preservation.
The honors came during an annual gathering in Chattanooga where Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer recognized some of the outstanding leaders of battlefield preservation with the organization’s annual preservation awards.
The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization dedicated to the protection of Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlegrounds.
“Saving our nation’s battlefields requires the passion and dedication of countless individuals across the United States,” Lighthizer said. “Though we cannot recognize all who have contributed to the cause of battlefield preservation, through our annual preservation awards we can acknowledge and celebrate a small few who have gone above and beyond.”
Since the inception of its battlefield preservation awards in 2001, the Trust has honored a variety of individuals and groups for their achievements in protecting endangered Civil War battlefields. Previous winners include historians, scholars, National Park Service personnel, celebrities and even residential developers. Despite such disparate backgrounds, all have given unique and lasting contributions to historic preservation. Seven awards were announced during the Chattanooga conference:
National Preservation Leadership Award: The Trust presented its National Preservation Leadership Award to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn. During their tenures on Capitol Hill, Sen. Alexander and Rep. Blackburn have cultivated strong records of safeguarding Tennessee’s unique cultural resources and supporting federal battlefield preservation legislation. Both have been instrumental in working to pass the Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment Act, a measure that would protect more than 2,000 acres of hallowed ground at the Davis Bridge, Russell House and Fallen Timbers battlefield sites at Shiloh and Corinth. The bill passed in the House earlier this year.Follow this link to read more.