[civilwarwest] Fw: [SouthernHeritage] Resaca Battlefield To Be Acquired by State of Georgia
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> Resaca Battlefield To Be Acquired by State of Georgia
> ATLANTA, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- After several years of intense
> negotiations, the highly sought after Resaca Civil War Battlefield in
> County, site of the first battle in General Sherman's Campaign for
> will be preserved for eventual development and interpretation as Georgia's
> newest state historic site. Sara Clark, Chairman of the Georgia Board of
> Natural Resources, announced today that a signed option to purchase the
> has been received from the owner, and the Board of Natural Resources will
> asked to approve the acquisition at its March meeting in Atlanta on March
> In making the announcement, Chairman Clark praised the leadership and
> assistance of a group of individuals and organizations without whose help
> this successful initiative would not have happened. She singled out for
> praise Governor Roy Barnes, property owner Scott Fletcher, members of both
> the Georgia Civil War Commission and the Friends of Resaca, Representative
> Tom Shanahan and Senator Bill Stephens, Bowater Timber Company and DNR
> Members Tom Wheeler and Jamie Reynolds, who assisted in the negotiations.
> "It was a terrific team effort that has resulted in completing a willing
> seller- willing buyer deal that many believed might not happen," stated
> Under the agreement, the state of Georgia will purchase in fee simple 505
> acres which will include all of the Confederate trenches, a conservation
> easement on approximately 60 acres that will protect about 90% of the
> remaining Union trenches, and an outstanding timber contract for standing
> timber on the property. The state will also receive a recordable right of
> first refusal to purchase the balance of Mr. Fletcher's property in the
> future if he decides to sell it. As a part of this bargain sale, Mr.
> Fletcher intends to claim a charitable contribution to the state.
> When notified about the agreement, Governor Roy Barnes said, "I want to
> Scott Fletcher and his family for their cooperation in this effort.
> their help and support, we would not be able to preserve this historic
> The Board of Natural Resources and the state Properties Commission will be
> asked to approve acquisition of this site at a cost of $2,355,375.
> for this project will come from a variety of sources, including state
> obligation bond funds, the Georgia Civil War Commission, The Civil War
> Preservation Trust -- a non-profit, national battlefield preservation
> and private funds, including a significant gift from the family of Scott
> The Battle of Resaca, May 14 and 15, 1864, was the first major battle in
> Campaign for Atlanta. Today, the battlefield site remains largely
> undisturbed and is the only remaining Civil War battlefield site in
> having a large enough quantity of open land suitable for a historic park
> this nature. There are miles of virtually undisturbed trenches, gun
> emplacements and other fortification on this site. Due to its proximity
> both metropolitan Atlanta and Chattanooga, the location makes it
> for development as a state historic site. Once acquired, the Department
> Natural Resources will then request funds for its development in
> budget requests to the General Assembly, and opening the site will be
> dependent upon receiving such development and operational funding.
> SOURCE Georgia Department of Natural Resources
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