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HENRY BROWN WORKS TO PRESERVE SOUTH CAROLINA’S CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS

July 11, 2008

HENRY BROWN WORKS TO PRESERVE SOUTH CAROLINA’S CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Henry E. Brown, Jr. (SC) joined his colleagues on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands during a legislative hearing on H.R. 2933, the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act.  Congressman Brown, an original co-sponsor of the measure and member of the Subcommittee, made the following statement after the panel’s hearing:

“Reauthorization of the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program could not come at a better time.  In just three years, America will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  Many residents of coastal South Carolina are planning to observe this important date from where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.  Swift passage of H.R. 2933 would help in the preparation, preservation and conservation of many of these hallowed sites in advance of this important anniversary.”

H.R. 2933 would amend the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 to extend the American Battlefield Protection Program until September 30, 2013.  Civil War battlefields, a common sight too many residents in coastal South Carolina, provide a means for all Americans to understand this tragic period in the history of the United States.  The bill expands our ability to preserve and protect nationally significant Civil War battlefields, while creating partnerships among state and local governments, regional entities and the private sector to expand preservation activities ahead of the upcoming five-year sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War in 2011.

Former Congressman Alex McMillan, a Citadel professor and Charleston resident, was invited to testify before the Subcommittee and emphasized the importance of the quick passage of H.R. 2933 and how the assistance under the bill will ensure the preservation of Civil War battlefields across South Carolina.

Among the locations that would be eligible to receive funding for preservation and conservation in coastal South Carolina include Fort Sumter and Morris Island, as well as battle sites at Secessionville, Grimball’s Landing, Simmon’s Bluff and sites in and around the Charleston Harbor.

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