U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, University of Georgia football legend Coach Vince Dooley, the Civil War Trust’s Campaign 1776 initiative and the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association on Monday announced the acquisition of 180 acres to triple the size of the battlefield park.
Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer announced that Campaign 1776, the Trust’s national initiative to preserve battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, will add the newly acquired land to the 77-acre Kettle Creek Battlefield Park in Wilkes County near Washington, Ga. The acquisition will enlarge the park by more than 233 percent and preserve the ground where combat between Patriots and the British began in 1779, 239 years ago this Wednesday.
“As a native of Georgia and a student of history, I am thrilled that this significant battlefield is being preserved,” said Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. “I am proud to have supported the American Battlefield Protection Program in Congress and am honored it is being used – for the first time – to preserve a Revolutionary War site here in Georgia.”
The federal Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant Program has helped save historic places such as Princeton, N.J., Waxhaws, S.C. , and dozens of Civil War battlegrounds, including several in Georgia – Resaca, Chickamauga, and Rocky Face Ridge.