For Immediate Release May 4, 2009
Shepherdstown, Morgantown, West Virginia
For more information, contact:
Edward E. Dunleavy
Shepherdstown Battlefield PreservationAssociation Inc
(917) 747 - 5748
Peter S. Carmichael
Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies,
Department of History
West Virginia University
BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION GROUP RECEIVES HUMANITIES GRANT
The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) announced the receipt of a $1000 grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council for a project that is being jointly conducted with the Department of History of West Virginia University (WVU).) The project is a collaborative effort to document the historical nature and importance of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The battlefield site is one mile east of Shepherdstown, WV. Peter S. Carmichael, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at WVU will oversee the preparation, by his graduate students, of an application to have the site included in the National Register of Historic Places and the production of a podcast walking tour of the site that will be available on the websites of both WVU and SBPA.
After touring the battlefield site in October of 2008, and knowing the significance of the battle, Professor Carmichael felt that the work of his graduate school class would aid both in creating a better understanding of the battle's significance and hopefully, help in the effort to save and preserve the site. "This battle was important in the history of our state and was important because it was the end to the Army of Northern Virginia's Antietam Campaign; a campaign that many believe to be the turning point of the Civil War", said Carmichael. He added: "not enough has been done to document the battle and help bring it to the attention of both Civil War historians and the general public. Hopefully our study and podcast will help."
A tour of the site by Carmichael and his graduate students was held on Sunday morning, January 25, 2009. The tour was led by Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, a member of the Board of Directors of SBPA. Tom is also Professor of History at Hagerstown Community College, President of Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. and a noted expert on the Antietam Campaign.
The Board of Directors of SBPA and the Board of the Mason-Dixon Civil War Roundtable of Morgantown, WV agreed to provide the matching funds for the project. "The members of SBPA are appreciative of the effort that Professor Carmichael and his students are making to produce the podcast and applying for inclusion in the National Register", said Ed Dunleavy, President of SBPA. "Despite last year's publication of the first full length account of the Battle of Shepherdstown, there remains some skepticism regarding the battle's location and relevance. I'm sure that this project will finally eliminate any doubts", added Dunleavy. The podcast is expected to be available by the end of May 2009.
"This project is being presented by the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities." West Virginia Humanities Council.
The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to saving and preserving the site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The battle was fought on September 19-20, 1862 involving approximately 9,000 troops and resulted in 677 casualties. The battle was fought over an area about one square mile located south of Boteler's (Packhorse) Ford and east of Shepherdstown, WV. SBPA has preserved 84 acres by way of conservation easements granted by members who own property on the site. For more information and to purchase the book entitled: Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign September 19 - 20, 1862 see: www.battleofshepherdstown.org