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The commission respectfully ask for an appropriation of $75,000 for the next fiscal year. Respectfully,
John P. NICHOLSON,
Commissioners. The SECRETARY OF WAR,
Washington, D. c.
NATIONAL MILITARY PARK COMMISSION
SECRETARY OF WAR.
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SHILOH NATIONAL MILITARY PARK COMMISSION.
Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., August 31, 1901. Sir: The Shiloh National Military Park Commission has the honor to submit its report, from October 31, 1900 (the date of its last report), to August 31, 1901.
Roads.-During this time two roads have been built, one 16 feet wide and 1,000 feet long, thoroughly drained and gravelled, extending from northwest corner of the national cemetery to lower or Shiloh landing. This road is built upon the site of the old road that existed during the battle. It serves the purpose of deflecting all heavy freight from Pittsburg Landing to the lower landing, thus preserving the former, which
has been put in first-class condition and laid down with A short connecting road from the ford of Shiloh Branch at Rhea Spring has been built, running southeasterly to the top of the hill. This is 500 feet long.
These two roads make the total mileage of first-class roads in the park 21.86 miles.
The estimated amount of work yet required to complete the roads in the park is about 5 miles.
During the year all roads have been thoroughly rolled and placed in first-class and permanent condition.
One hundred and eighty-three head walls for the sewer pipes crossing the roads for the purpose of drainage have been built. They are constructed of first-class concrete at an average cost of $11.42 each.
A wooden bridge of 12 feet span has been built over the Tilghman Branch upon the Corinth road. This was necessary on account of the large area of watershed, the sewer-pipe drainage being insufficient.
In connection with the road work many deep and unsightly gullies have been filled with brush and dirt and so arranged as to prevent washing hereafter. Over this filling Bermuda grass has been planted, making a good cover.
Cutting underbrush. The work of clearing and burning underbrush has been continued. Since the last report 450 acres have been cleared, making a total of 1,630 acres. Much of the 1,180 acres cleared at the date of the last report has had the new sprouts removed with the probability that such clearing will be permanent. There are about 900 acres yet to be cleared. This work is being continued at an average cost of $10 per acre.