CWTrust Stones River National Battlefield site in line for $1.8M grant

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Stones River National Battlefield site in line for $1.8M grant
JASON M. REYNOLDS
Mar 4, 2019

The old General Electric factory next to Stones River National Battlefield, which was recently considered for an O’Reilly Auto Parts distributorship, may instead be preserved as part of the historic park, according to two state commissions.

The American Battlefield Trust is working to buy the GE site, according to a press release issued last week by the Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission. The commissions plan to give the American Battlefield Trust more than $1.82 million to buy the 42-acre site on Northwest Broad Street at Thompson Lane.

However, the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Fund grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar, said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. The American Battlefield Trust is trying to raise private funds for the match, he said.


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Excellent. I know my great-grandfather's brigade was staged in the old Walmart parking lot. Any expansion of the park will be great.
 

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GE sale for battlefield preservation expected by October
JASON M. REYNOLDS
Jul 9, 2019

The sale of the GE/O’Reilly distribution center to a battlefield preservation coalition is still pending and should happen by the fall, a state official said, and a preservation organization is collecting money to make the deal happen.

Nina Scall, director for programs at the Tennessee Wars Commission, said the deal should close this fall, no later than October.

The Tennessee Wars and Historical commissions in February announced they planned to grant the American Battlefield Trust more than $1.82 million to buy the 42-acre site on Northwest Broad Street at Thompson Lane.

“With much of the Stones River battlefield already swallowed up by development, these 42 acres qualify as the largest unprotected tract still available for preservation,” the trust’s website said. “We’ve had our eye on this land for years, but there was never a realistic chance to save it – until now! This tract also connects two widely separated wings of already-preserved battleground, helping tell a more complete story of the fateful battle that ushered in the third year of the Civil War.”

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Great news...Stones River is an awesome battlefield!
Correction: It was an awesome battle; unfortunately, most of the battlefield has gotten short shrift ever since, lost permanently to the most disgusting kind of urban sprawl and development.
 

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Yes sir. What is there is nice, I stand corrected thank you!
I wasn't really criticizing your message - only regretting that more of the battlefield hasn't been preserved. I remember visiting there in 1964 when almost all the ground was open farm and pastureland and Murfreesboro was a sleepy little town with few amenities; returning for the first time three decades later was a most unwelcome culture shock!
 

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Awesome so happy local but not local just north above I 40 and 840 takes me there … wish more was saved … progress good is good destroying hollowed grown not so … Franklin has reclaimed a lot Work and life has kept me away sadly... look forward to visiting soon
 


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