U.S. Representative Hal Rogers has reintroduced legislation to preserve a Civil War site in southern Kentucky. The bill seeks to recognize the Mill Springs Battlefield site in Pulaski and Wayne counties.
The battle on January 19, 1862, was the second largest in Kentucky. The fight resulted in a Union victory and blazed the trail for Union troops to move from Kentucky into Tennessee.
The measure calls for a National Park Service study on incorporating the battlefield into the national park system. Currently the battlefield is being preserved through private sources. The Mill Springs Battlefield Association has led efforts to preserve the battlefield. More than 50,000 Civil War enthusiasts have visited the 500 acre site.
Other co-sponsors of the bill are Kentucky congressmen John Yarmuth, Brett Guthrie and Andy Barr.
Eight Civil War battlefields, including three in Kentucky and Tennessee, are receiving more than $2.4 million in grants to help with land acquisition. The National Park Service said the grant money will help in the permanent preservation and protection of the battlefields. This year marks the 150 year anniversary of several important Civil War battles.