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April 29, 2014

Mill Springs Battlefield is a step closer to becoming National Park

House OKs legislation to allow feasibility study

Nancy —

The Mill Springs Battlefield is — hopefully — one crucial step close to becoming a national park.
On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would officially allow for a feasibility study in the ongoing quest for Pulaski County’s Civil War battlefield to become a part of the National Park system.
The bill — HR 298 — would “direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park Service, and for other purposes,” according to its text. 
And while Congress has a reputation for gridlock, this vote was unanimous — something which pleased Somerset’s own Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, who pushed for the bill’s passage, speaking about it to the House on Monday.
"The Battle of Mill Springs is a source of great pride and interest to the people I serve," said Rogers. "Victory in the Battle of Mill Springs held off the Confederate advance into Kentucky, and laid the groundwork for later Union successes.
"We have a great number of historical sites, which have been dutifully and faithfully preserved so that new generations can appreciate what this country has been through, and what their forefathers cared for," he added. "The Mill Springs Battlefield is a jewel of this group of sites, and will be an excellent addition to the National Park Service."
Rogers’ office noted that in the early 1990s, the U.S. Department of Interior classified the site of the Battle of Mill Springs as one of the most endangered battlefields in Kentucky. 
Recently, the push has been made for the Nancy-area site’s inclusion into the National Park Service. In January of 2012, Rogers introduced binding legislation to direct the park system to conduct a study that would evaluate the potential for bringing the Mill Springs Battlefield into the fold.

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