Press Release For Immediate Release
The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a special resource study of the Mill Springs Battlefield in Kentucky. On December 19, 2014, Congress passed legislation (Public Law 113—291, Title XXX, Subtitle D, Sec. 3051) authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to undertake a study in order to examine the national significance of the battlefield, and determine if it would be suitable and feasible to designate the battlefield as a new unit of the national park system.
The Battle of Mill Springs was fought on January 19, 1862, and was the first significant Union victory of the American Civil War. The battle was fought near Nancy, Kentucky, with Confederate fortifications on both sides of the Cumberland River in Wayne County. The Union victory resulted in the collapse of the Confederate defensive line in eastern Kentucky, leaving the region under Federal control. Recognized for its importance to Civil War history, the Mill Springs Battlefield was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1994, including sites in both Pulaski and Wayne Counties.
Based on legislative guidance, the National Park Service will focus this study on battlefield lands that comprise the existing National Historic Landmark boundary related to the battle of Mill Springs. Some of the battlefield lands are currently owned by the Mill Springs Battlefield Association—a non-profit organization that was established in 1992 to preserve, protect, maintain, and interpret the Mill Springs Battlefield. Additional lands and resources associated with the Mill Springs Battlefield may also be identified through this study process.
The National Park Service will hold two meetings to share the overall study process with the public. These meetings will also provide an opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas on potential of National Park Service designation for the Mill Springs Battlefield. The dates, times, and locations of the two meetings are listed below:
• Monday January 4, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Mill Spring Battlefield Visitor Center
9020 West Highway
Nancy, Kentucky 42544
• Tuesday January 5, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 PM
90 Airport Rd.
Monticello, Kentucky 42633
The study will take place over the next two years. At the conclusion of the special resource study process, the National Park Service through the Secretary of the Interior will submit its findings to Congress. Congress will then determine whether Mill Springs Battlefield should be added to the national park system. Only Congress has the authority to designate a new unit of the National Park Service.
If you have questions about the special resource study, please visit the Mill Springs Special Resource Study project website at:
This website will provide study status updates as well as opportunities for the public to provide their comments and feedback on this planning effort.
National Park Service