Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s (R-GA) bill to add historically significant property to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park passed the House of Representatives today. Rep. Loudermilk delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in favor of the bill:
“It is extremely important that we understand our history, otherwise we will be destined to repeat the mistakes of our past,” said Rep. Loudermilk. “Today, Congress took a significant step toward preserving two pieces of property at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park that are essential parts of our nation’s heritage and Civil War history. Sites such as these allow us to look back in time to get a glimpse of the events that shaped our nation.”
Background on H.R. 3371:
H.R. 3371, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015, is an effort to authorize the park to acquire the Wallis House and Harriston Hill from Cobb County by donation. Located near the intersection of Burnt Hickory Road and Ernest Barrett Parkway in Marietta, Georgia, these sites are critical to understanding the events that took place in the Civil War during Union General William Sherman’s campaign to take Atlanta in 1864.
The bill has also been introduced by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA), and is co-sponsored by four other Georgia members of the House of Representatives.
To read a full transcript of Rep. Loudermilk’s floor speech, click here.