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Trace Adkins Leads Campaign to Save Civil War Battlefields

April 15, 2011, 4:47 am GMT

In his Capitol Hill appearance, the 'You're Gonna Miss This' singer points out that the battlefields serve as 'monuments to what can happen when political wisdom fails'.

Trace Adkins

Country star Trace Adkins is fronting a new campaign to preserve America's Civil War battlefields. The "Chrome" singer appeared at a hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 14 and highlighted the need for emphasis on preservation over the next five years, during the 150th anniversary period.

Adkins told the politicians that he grew up with stories of his great-great grandfather Henry T. Morgan's military service in Louisiana, and that spurred a life-long love of Civil War history. He tells WENN, "American battlefields serve as monuments to what can happen when political wisdom fails and our differences are allowed to escalate beyond reason."

Alongside Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer, Adkins declared these years of the Civil War sesquicentennial anniversary "the opportune time to redouble efforts to forever protect these hallowed grounds".

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