By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
PICKWICK LANDING, Tenn. – The Civil War Trust announced on Thursday property acquisitions that will add as much as 925 acres to Shiloh National Military Park.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was on hand at Pickwick Landing State Park for the event, a highlight of the state’s Shiloh sesquicentennial commemorations which began Wednesday and continued throughout the day Thursday.
Trust Chairman Emeritus John Nau III announced the successful completion of efforts to purchase 267 acres at Fallen Timbers, the site considered the final chapter of the Battle of Shiloh.
The Civil War Trust is the nation’s largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization.
During this same event, Trust President James Lighthizer finalized the transfer of an additional 167 acres to Shiloh.
“As a permanent and meaningful legacy of the sesquicentennial, we give our children and grandchildren the opportunity to walk these same fields unblemished and undisturbed,” he said.
At the same time the trust launched a $1.25 million fundraising campaign to preserve an additional 491 acres inside the park known as the Greer tract.
“Members of the Shiloh Employees Association made donations and gave $500 to the Civil War Trust in honor of Woody (Harrell) and designated it for purchase of the 491 acres,” said Ashley Berry, supervising ranger of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.
Shiloh Superintendent Woody Harrell, who retires next week after 22 years at the park, noted how strong the relationship has been between Shiloh and the Trust.
“Alongside our dedicated partners at the Civil War Trust, we have been able to enhance the experience of visitors to Shiloh in ways that neither of us would have individually,” Harrell said. “This is the type of outstanding partnership that enables our National Parks to thrive.”