Brice’s Crossroads battlefield gets $34,000 grant

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The Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield will benefit from a $34,000 grant to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History that will be used to buy protected land for the battlefield.brices xroads

Here’s the press release from the National Park Service:

National Park Service awards $950,000 to protect seven Civil War battlefields

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced $950,000 in grants to help preserve more than 760 acres of land at seven of America’s threatened Civil War battlefields; South Mountain (Md.), Brice’s Crossroads (Miss.), Carthage (Mo.), Bentonville (N.C.), Peebles’ Farm (Va.), First Rappahannock Station (Va.), and Second Rappahannock Station (Va.)

“America’s Civil War battlefields are places where we can learn about democracy, sacrifice, heroism and hope in the very places where those concepts shaped our history,” said Jarvis.  “These grants will help preserve the sacred places where America’s highest ideals are enshrined so that this and future generations can better understand the struggles that define us as a nation.”

The grants are from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provide technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help states and local communities  preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.

Applications for funds are evaluated on the significance of the property as defined by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the nation’s Civil War battlefields, on the property’s location within defined core and/or study areas, the threat to the battlefield land to be acquired, and the availability of required non-federal dollar-for-dollar matching funds.

Grants are awarded to units of state and local governments for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements).  Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors. Complete guidelines for grant eligibility and application forms are available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp.

Grantee, State ,Amount

  • Department of Natural Resources, Maryland. South Mountain Battlefield, 4.33 acres (Fee Simple) : $166,600
  • Department of Archives and History, Mississippi. Brice’s Cross Roads Battlefield, .90 acres (Fee Simple): $34,027.50
  • Jasper County Commission, Missouri. Carthage Battlefield, 180.00 acres (Easement):  $105,075
  • Department of Cultural Resources, North Carolina. Bentonville Battlefield, 13.38 acres (Fee Simple): $27,763
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia. Peebles’ Farm Battlefield, 2.52 acres (Fee Simple): $104,725
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia. First Rappahannock Station Battlefield, 508.00 acres (Easement):  $464,000
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia. Second Rappahannock Station Battlefield, 52.00 acres (Easement):  $52,000

Total: $954,190.50

 

Written by Dennis Seid

December 23, 2013 at 10:16 am