01/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/23/2020 11:30
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today applauded the committee passage of H.R. 306, the Kettle Creek Battlefield Study Act, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to evaluate the Kettle Creek battlefield site and determine its suitability as a designated unit of the National Park System.
'The Battle of Kettle Creek is a critical site of the Revolutionary War,' said Congressman Hice. 'As these historic landmarks continue to disappear throughout our Nation, it's becoming increasingly vital to act - not only to preserve these sites, but to educate future generations about our shared heritage. Today's committee passage of this bipartisan legislation brings us one step closer to determining Kettle Creek's eligibility as a unit in the national park system, and I urge its swift consideration in the House.'
Located in Wilkes County, Georgia, the Battle of Kettle Creek is considered one of the most significant Patriot victories in the state during the Revolutionary War. As a strong advocate for preserving America's historic battlefields, Representative Hice has supported several battlefield conservation efforts while serving in Congress, including sponsoring H.R. 307, the Preserving America's Battlefields Act.
In February of 2019, Hice joined former University of Georgia football coach and Civil War author Vince Dooley, along with representatives from the American Battlefield Trust, to announce the acquisition of 180 acres for this crucial battlefield park.
In May of 2019, Hice hosted National Park Service Acting Director Dan Smith for a tour of the Kettle Creek Battlefield, including the sites of War Hill, Liberty Church, and Loop Trail.