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S. 710 (rs) To authorize a feasibility study on the preservation of certain Civil War battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail. [Reported in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 710 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 27, 2000 Referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To authorize a feasibility study on the preservation of certain Civil War battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Vicksburg Campaign Trail Battlefields Preservation Act of 1999''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) there are situated along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail in the States of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee the sites of several key Civil War battles; (2) the battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail are collectively of national significance in the history of the Civil War; and (3) the preservation of those battlefields would vitally contribute to the understanding of the heritage of the United States. (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to authorize a feasibility study to determine what measures should be taken to preserve certain Civil War battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Campaign trail state.--The term ``Campaign Trail State'' means each of the States of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee, including political subdivisions of those States. (2) Civil war battlefield.--The term ``Civil War battlefield'' includes the following sites (including related structures adjacent to or thereon)-- (A) the battlefields at Helena and Arkansas Post, Arkansas; (B) Goodrich's Landing near Transylvania, and sites in and around Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana; (C) the battlefield at Milliken's Bend, Madison Parish, Louisiana; (D) the route of Grant's march through Louisiana from Milliken's Bend to Hard Times, Madison and Tensas Parishes, Louisiana; (E) the Winter Quarters at Tensas Parish, Louisiana; (F) Grant's landing site at Bruinsburg, and the route of Grant's march from Bruinsburg to Vicksburg, Claiborne, Hinds, and Warren Counties, Mississippi; (G) the battlefield at Port Gibson (including Shaifer House, Bethel Church, and the ruins of Windsor), Claiborne County, Mississippi; (H) the battlefield at Grand Gulf, Claiborne County, Mississippi; (I) the battlefield at Raymond (including Waverly, (the Peyton House)), Hinds County, Mississippi; (J) the battlefield at Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi; (K) the Union siege lines around Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi; (L) the battlefield at Champion Hill (including Coker House), Hinds County, Mississippi; (M) the battlefield at Big Black River Bridge, Hinds and Warren Counties, Mississippi; (N) the Union fortifications at Haynes Bluff, Confederate fortifications at Snyder's Bluff, and remnants of Federal exterior lines, Warren County, Mississippi; (O) the battlefield at Chickasaw Bayou, Warren County, Mississippi; (P) Pemberton's Headquarters at Warren County, Mississippi; (Q) the site of actions taken in the Mississippi Delta and Confederate fortifications near Grenada, Grenada County, Mississippi; (R) the site of the start of Greirson's Raid and other related sites, LaGrange, Tennessee; and (S) any other sites considered appropriate by the Secretary. (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service. SEC. 4. FEASIBILITY STUDY. (a) In General.--Not later than 3 years after funds are made available for this Act, the Secretary shall complete a feasibility study to determine what measures should be taken to preserve Civil War battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail. (b) Components.--In completing the study, the Secretary shall-- (1) review current National Park Service programs, policies and criteria to determine the most appropriate means of ensuring the Civil War battlefields and associated natural, cultural, and historical resources are preserved; (2) evaluate options for the establishment of a management entity for the Civil War battlefields consisting of a unit of government or a private nonprofit organization that-- (A) administers and manages the Civil War battlefields; and (B) possesses the legal authority to-- (i) receive Federal funds and funds from other units of government or other organizations for use in managing the Civil War battlefields; (ii) disburse Federal funds to other units of government or other nonprofit organizations for use in managing the Civil War battlefields; (iii) enter into agreements with the Federal government, State governments, or other units of government and nonprofit organizations; and (iv) acquire land or interests in land by gift or devise, by purchase from a willing seller using donated or appropriated funds, or by donation; (3) make recommendations to the Campaign Trail States for the management, preservation, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Civil War battlefields; (4) identify appropriate partnerships among Federal, State, and local governments, regional entities, and the private sector, including nonprofit organizations and the organization known as ``Friends of the Vicksburg Campaign and Historic Trail'', in furtherance of the purposes of this Act; and (5) recommend methods of ensuring continued local involvement and participation in the management, protection, and development of the Civil War battlefields. (c) Report.--Not later than 60 days after the date of completion of the study under this section, the Secretary shall submit a report describing the findings of the study to-- (1) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (2) the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives. (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $1,500,000. Passed the Senate November 19, 1999. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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