Camp Boone Update
- Civil War Heritage Site Gets Second Chance
Clarksville, TN Friday, July 16, 2004
A threat of Commercial Development has been delayed for the site of
Civil War-era recruiting and mustering camp, Camp Boone in
Clarksville, Tenn. County Commissioners met last Monday and voted 20
to 1 to delay a decision for 90 days on the petition for rezoning of
the property where the camp is thought to have been.
Clarksville attorney Cleo Hogan said. "The time given us is little.
We must proceed with all haste to get a proper archaeological survey
done to know exactly where the camp was."
"I was really surprised at just how much positive response we
received for our cause! The Tennessee State Archaeologist and many
local supporters showed up for us. Letters of Support came in from
all over. We have all been on the phone this week making contacts
and gathering information. From the historical documentation that
have found, we are almost certain that we will find evidence for the
site right where they have petitioned for the rezoning. Local
amateur archaeologists have been finding civil war items there for
years," commented Steven B.G. Stewart, Chief Curator of the museum in
"We need to get dozens of supporters there to help save this historic
site. We need about $10,000 to pay for the survey and we need it
fast! We have formed a county preservation group to oversee this and
have a bank account to take any and all donations for the payment of
the survey," said Greg Biggs, president of the Clarksville Civil War
Roundtable. Those wanting to donate money to help get this survey
completed may make their check out to Arts & Heritage Development
Council - Camp Boone Fund and then mail it to:
Arts & Heritage Development Council - Camp Boone Fund
PO Box 555,
Clarksville, TN 37041
The Arts & Heritage Development Council is a 501c3 non-profit
organization in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Its mission is to
preserve and promote our regions culture.
Plans are still underway for a cooperative effort between several
heritage groups and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in
Clarksville that will lead to the creation of a comprehensive driving
tour of Civil War sites that will include the sites of training
camps, forts, battles, historic homes and cemeteries. Camp Boone is
to be a pivotal part of the planned map tour.
Steven Stewart of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in
Clarksville can be contacted at (931) 648-5780.