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S. 1459: Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 28, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1459

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 28, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Graham) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park in the State of South Carolina, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park Act of 2017.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

Fort Sumter National Monument was established by the Joint Resolution entitled Joint Resolution to establish the Fort Sumter National Monument in the State of South Carolina, approved April 28, 1948 (16 U.S.C. 450ee), to commemorate historic events in the vicinity of Fort Sumter, the site of the first engagement of the Civil War on April 12, 1861;

(2)

Fort Moultrie—

(A)

was the site of the first defeat of the British in the Revolutionary War on June 28, 1776; and

(B)

was acquired by the Federal Government from the State of South Carolina in 1960 under the authority of chapter 3201 of title 54, United States Code;

(3)

since 1960, Fort Moultrie has been administered by the National Park Service as part of the Fort Sumter National Monument without a clear management mandate or established boundary;

(4)

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie played important roles in the protection of Charleston Harbor and in the coastal defense system of the United States;

(5)

Fort Moultrie is the only site in the National Park System that preserves the history of the United States coastal defense system during the period from 1776 through 1947; and

(6)

Sullivan’s Island Life Saving Station, located adjacent to the Charleston Light—

(A)

was constructed in 1896; and

(B)

is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

3.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Boundary Map, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, numbered 392/80,088, and dated November 30, 2009.

(2)

Park

The term Park means the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park established by section 4(a).

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(4)

State

The term State means the State of South Carolina.

(5)

Sullivan's Island Life Saving Station Historic District

The term Sullivan's Island Life Saving Station Historic District means the Charleston Lighthouse, the boathouse, garage, bunker/sighting station, signal tower, and any associated land and improvements to the land that are located between Sullivan's Island Life Saving Station and the mean low water mark.

4.

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park

(a)

Establishment

There is established the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park in the State as a unit of the National Park System to preserve, maintain, and interpret the nationally significant historical values and cultural resources associated with Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, and the Sullivan's Island Life Saving Station Historic District.

(b)

Boundary

(1)

In general

The boundary of the Park shall be comprised of the land, water, and submerged land depicted on the map.

(2)

Availability of map

The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(c)

Administration

(1)

In general

The Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, shall administer the Park in accordance with this Act and the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—

(A)

section 100101(a), chapter 1003, and sections 100751(a), 100752, 100753, and 102101 of title 54, United States Code; and

(B)

chapter 3201 of title 54, United States Code.

(2)

Interpretation of historical events

The Secretary shall provide for the interpretation of historical events and activities that occurred in the vicinity of Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, including—

(A)

the Battle of Sullivan’s Island on June 28, 1776;

(B)

the Siege of Charleston during 1780;

(C)

the Civil War, including—

(i)

the bombardment of Fort Sumter by Confederate forces on April 12, 1861; and

(ii)

any other events of the Civil War that are associated with Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie;

(D)

the development of the coastal defense system of the United States during the period from the Revolutionary War to World War II, including—

(i)

the Sullivan's Island Life Saving Station;

(ii)

the lighthouse associated with the Sullivan's Island Life Saving Station; and

(iii)

the coastal defense sites constructed during the period of fortification construction from 1898 to 1942, known as the Endicott Period; and

(E)

the lives of—

(i)

the free and enslaved workers who built and maintained Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie;

(ii)

the soldiers who defended the forts;

(iii)

the prisoners held at the forts; and

(iv)

captive Africans bound for slavery who, after first landing in the United States, were brought to quarantine houses in the vicinity of Fort Moultrie in the 18th century, if the Secretary determines that the quarantine houses and associated historical values are nationally significant.

(d)

Cooperative agreements

The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with public and private entities and individuals to carry out this Act.

5.

Repeal of existing law

Section 2 of the Joint Resolution entitled Joint Resolution to establish the Fort Sumter National Monument in the State of South Carolina, approved April 28, 1948 (16 U.S.C. 450ee–1), is repealed.