Neikirk also stated that Mill Springs is one of the top maintained battle sites in the country.
“There are a lot of national parks, but how many of them are civil war battlefields?” he asked.
Neikirk gave his testimony about these points to the committee, “trying to sell them on this,” he said.
The plan would be for the battlefield to become part of the Cumberland Gap National Park, rather than an entirely stand-alone park, said Neikirk.
Through a partnership of public and private funds, the MSBA has constructed a 10,000 square foot visitor's center and museum, established interpretive signage, and led driving and walking tours of the battle. Thousands of visitors and students now visit the site each year, according to Rogers’ office.