Fred Prouty gave a great presentation at today’s FCWRT mtg

The State of Tennessee is very fortunate to have great people like Fred Prouty working in the area of preservation. Fred works for the Tennessee Historical Commission in the areas of military sites preservation. He is the Director of Programs for the TN Wars Commission.

Fred talked about the recent work he has been focused on with the Davis Bridge preservation efforts. A summary of the battle of Davis Bridge can be found at The Civil War Gazette.

The February 2010 Couries provides details on the TWC recent work (click to open):

The Wars Commission is currently in the process of obtaining a 20-acre tract of battlefield property at Davis Bridge.  With the loss of funding from the Tennessee State Lands Acquisition Commission and Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund, the Wars Commission is partnering with non-profit Civil War preservation organizations to match grants from the federal governments TEA Enhancement Program and the National Park Service’s, American Battlefield Protection Program.  During the past year a 5-acre tract at Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield was purchased by the Civil War Preservation Trust and is to be donated to the State in the near future. The Tennessee Wars Commission has furnished Johnsonville State Historic Area park officials, in Humphreys County, with a draft copy of text and graphics for 13 interpretive wayside signs and kiosk to be installed on site at the Civil War battlefield located at New Johnsonville.  Tennessee State Parks received the interpretive material through the services of the Wars Commission.

Here’s what their web site says about their charter or purpose:

The mission of the Tennessee Historical Commission is to encourage the inclusive diverse study of Tennessee’s history for the benefit of future generations; to protect, preserve, interpret, operate, maintain, and administer historic sites; to mark important locations, persons, and events in Tennessee history; to assist in worthy publication projects; to review, comment on and identify projects that will potentially impact state-owned and non-state-owned historic properties; to locate, identify, record and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places all properties which meet National Register criteria, and to implement other programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended.

The duties of the Wars Commission include the coordination of planning, preservation, and promotion of structures, buildings, sites, and battlefields of Tennessee associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763), American Revolution War (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812-1815), U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848), and the War Between the States (1861-1865). The Commission has developed a plan that provides incentives to local landowners and governments to preserve and restore battlefields and historic sites related to the above time frames. It is charged with acquiring or providing funds for the acquisition of battlegrounds, cemeteries, and other historic properties associated with the wars.

There were roughly 2,900 Civil War engagements or actions that occurred on TN soil.  Some 500 of those have been identified and preserved to some extent. What many people might not realize is that there are over 100 sites identified in Tennessee related to action/activity from the American Revolution.

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