Saturday, Feb 4, 2006
For Immediate Release
Media contacts: Mary Ann Peckham, Executive Director Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, Inc. 404-550-5092 Steve McCoy, Superintendent Fort Donelson National Battlefield 931-232-5348, ext. 105
Flags to Fly over Tennessee?s Civil War Battlefields Fort Henry near Dover, TN is First
The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association is sponsoring ?Two Flags Over Tennessee: Reclaiming Our Civil War Heritage.? a two-year statewide plan to fly two Civil War-era flags - an 1861 version of the ?Stars and Stripes? featuring 34 stars, and the 11-star, 1861 Confederate ?First National? flag, known as the ?Stars and Bars? over all of Tennessee?s most significant Civil War battlefields. The US flag will fly over Union battle positions and the 1st National flag over Confederate battle positions at as many as 50 sites across Tennessee. The two-year journey crisscrossing the state will be documented in two large scrapbooks collecting and preserving photographs, letters, and news articles, from activities and events at each location.
TCWPA President Steve McDaniel announced the project will begin at Fort Henry in observance of the 144th anniversary of that battle, on February 6, 2006. McDaniel and other members of the TN Civil War Preservation Association will join US Forest Service representatives Bill Lisowsky, Area Supervisor and Brian Beisel, Customer Service Department of Land between the Lakes NRA and other local preservation partners, and National Park Service Superintendent Steve McCoy from Fort Donelson National Battlefield to commemorate the anniversary and fly the flags over Fort Henry. McDaniel commented, ?What a great opportunity to inaugurate this program with our Forest Service partners and members of the community who are part of a growing network of people and organizations dedicated to saving Tennessee?s Civil War heritage for future generations. Fort Henry is where we begin - the journey ahead will take us to many Tennessee communities and some of our state?s most hallowed ground.?
After Fort Henry, the flags will be displayed at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield visitor center through the 144th anniversary date of that battle, February 16, 2006.