ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation's most-visited Civil War sites will be expanded to include 42 acres where Confederate soldiers tried to stop Union forces from reaching Atlanta.
The Trust for Public Land on Wednesday announced the addition of land to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
The addition means the site northwest of Atlanta will be preserved and protected from future development, the trust said in a statement. The trust partners with the National Park Service and other groups to conserve land for public use.
"Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a great destination for both history enthusiasts and nature lovers, and this addition to the park offers something for every visitor," Curt Soper, Georgia state director for the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land, said in a statement.
The land being added to the 3,000-acre park was the site of fierce fighting, especially around Nodine's Hill, during the last major battle before Union soldiers reached Atlanta. The land, known as Hays Farm, includes remnants of Union entrenchments, rifle pits, and cannon placements. The site is near a 58-acre, 40-home subdivision.
"As we approach the Civil War 150th commemoration of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, this is the opportune time to reaffirm our national commitment to the protection of these hallowed grounds and create a lasting legacy, one that will be enjoyed for generations to come," said Nancy Walther, superintendent of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.