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May 17, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Parker Hills, of Jackson, to the Mississippi Civil War Battlefield Commission, which works to help Mississippi more effectively use its Civil War battlefields for education and heritage tourism development.


“Parker brings a wealth of talent to this commission. I know he will do an excellent job in serving the citizens of Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said.


Hills retired in 2001 with the rank of brigadier general after 32 years of service in the Regular Army and National Guard. After his retirement, Hills established Battle Focus, a training company focused on developing ethical and effective leaders through on-the-ground battle and leader studies. He has conducted battlefield tours and military staff rides nationwide, and has lectured British military officers at the request of the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in England.


Active in historic preservation, Hills is president of Friends of Vicksburg Campaign and Historic Trail and of Friends of Raymond. He co-authored the submission of a state scenic byway application for the Grand Gulf-Raymond Scenic Byway, which was signed into law during 2004 as the State’s first scenic byway.


Hills earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi; a master’s degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas; and is a graduate of the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Penn. He is the author of numerous writings on American history and the Civil War.