We have the opportunity to preserve even more battlefield. Today a small house sits on a lot west of Columbia Pike, and for many years it has been the location of a ceramic shop.
The owners of the property understand the importance of the property and were clear about one thing as we negotiated a final sales price – they do not want the property to EVER be developed. They want it to become part of Carter Hill Battlefield Park. We had the property appraised, which is zoned commercial, and following some tough negotiations, with the property owners, and their dog “Champ,” we hammered out a price of $1.365 million.
Scores of brave soldiers, especially from Gen. John Brown’s Confederate Division, were killed and wounded on this property. It is as important as anything we have already saved. And this will be our only chance to reclaim it.
We have until December 31, 2018 to tie up all the financial obligations, and the clock is ticking.