Last March, the Chickamauga Study Group raised $900 towards Civil War preservation. Every year, at some point, I ask those present where they would like to see the money go. Truth be told, there are always more causes than cash.
In 2015, we donated approximately $900 to the Civil War Trust’s appeal for Brown’s Ferry.
This year, many of us were aware of a similar appeal being readied for land purchase at Rocky Face Ridge, outside of Dalton Georgia. That appeal was made public a couple of months ago.
But some on the bus raised a good point – that money raised by the Chickamauga Study Group should be going to efforts to help Chickamauga, as well. I agree with this. Also, I am increasingly concerned with the growing maintenance backlog at our National Parks – we save lots of land, but who will interpret it, preserve it, repair the monuments, and the like?
In order to support both causes, I have decided to split the donations.
$450 went to the Civil War Trust, for their Rocky Face Ridge appeal; that money will be leveraged with a 15 to 1 match. Great news.
$450 also went to the Jewell Memorial Restoration Fund, managed by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, for the purpose of repairing and restoring monuments.
Here is the Friends website:
and the link directly to the Jewell fund information
Thanks to everyone who contributed.