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  • Dameron McRaven
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      From: <Demastus@...>
      To: <SouthernHeritage@onelist.com>
      Sent: Saturday, March 25, 2000 12:34 AM
      Subject: [SouthernHeritage] Resaca Battlefield To Be Acquired by State of
      Georgia


      > From: Demastus@...
      >
      > 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
      Gordon
      > County, site of the first battle in General Sherman's Campaign for
      Atlanta,
      > 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
      tract
      > has been received from the owner, and the Board of Natural Resources will
      be
      > asked to approve the acquisition at its March meeting in Atlanta on March
      29.
      >
      > 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
      Board
      > 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
      Mrs.
      > Clark.
      >
      > 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
      thank
      > Scott Fletcher and his family for their cooperation in this effort.
      Without
      > their help and support, we would not be able to preserve this historic
      site."
      >
      > 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.
      Funding
      > for this project will come from a variety of sources, including state
      general
      > obligation bond funds, the Georgia Civil War Commission, The Civil War
      > Preservation Trust -- a non-profit, national battlefield preservation
      group,
      > and private funds, including a significant gift from the family of Scott
      > Fletcher.
      >
      > The Battle of Resaca, May 14 and 15, 1864, was the first major battle in
      the
      > Campaign for Atlanta. Today, the battlefield site remains largely
      > undisturbed and is the only remaining Civil War battlefield site in
      Georgia
      > having a large enough quantity of open land suitable for a historic park
      of
      > this nature. There are miles of virtually undisturbed trenches, gun
      > emplacements and other fortification on this site. Due to its proximity
      to
      > both metropolitan Atlanta and Chattanooga, the location makes it
      attractive
      > for development as a state historic site. Once acquired, the Department
      of
      > Natural Resources will then request funds for its development in
      subsequent
      > 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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