I understand what you're saying however, the areas alluded to in the
Press Release represent the study done by American Battlefield
Protection Program and the nomination for the National Historic Trust.
Our studies show that rough 300 acres we've focused on has only a few,
(six?) house on it, including the Osbourne Farm, and yes, I know it has
been altered since the war. When the area is expanded to ABPP or NHT
specs in incorporates not only much more land, but many more houses,
including those east of Trough Road. In other words about 2,000 acres
and many, many more houses. While in a perfect world we would say, yes,
this is all battlefield and we want to raise money to buy all these
houses, tear them down and restore the whole battlefield, the reality is
that ain't gonna happen. Geez, even Gettysburg does not talk serious
about buying the "strip" along Emmitsburg road or Baltimore Pike and
restoring that view, and if they can't get the money, we sure aren't.
So we focus on the largest undeveloped portion that will still allow
interpretation of the site. Over time, if it starts raining money for
battlefields, sure, we'd love to go after some of those houses and the
land they occupy, but until then, or until I win the Powerball Lottery,
we focus on the possible.
Thanks for the comments.
Dr. Thomas G. Clemens
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> Ian Workman <cwdigger@...> 2/17/2010 5:05 PM >>>
The true core of the battlefield would be the Ellis farm, the Rider
and the portion of land that the octagonal house sits on along with
ravine. There is very little evidence of the battle east of the Rider
going towards rattlesnake run.
There was a portion of the battle that took place west of Teague Run.
I have almost traced the empacement of the confederate Whitworth
Cannon to the hillside of Ed Moore's Farm.
The maryland side offers the same structure but doesn't go as far east
Miller's Sawmill Road. Most of what is in that general area is from
winter encampments from the Mass. troops.
On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM, edunleavy921
> For Immediate Release – February 17, 2010
> Shepherdstown, West Virginia
> For more information, contact:
> Edward E. Dunleavy
> Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc.
> (917) 747 - 5748
> PARK SERVICE STUDY AFFIRMS LOCATION & SIZE OF SHEPHERDSTOWN CIVIL
> In an update of the 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War
> Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC) has provided information
> sites the location of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown and provides
> information about the actual size of the core of the battlefield. The
> concludes that the core of the battlefield, as defined, is 1,534.4
> 1,034.64 acres in West Virginia (WV) and 499.76 acres in Maryland
> importantly, the study concludes that the potential National
> boundary amounts to 4,259.32 acres; 2,502.71 acres in WV and 1,756.61
> in MD. The report notes that four WV battlefields, including the
> Shepherdstown site, "have the largest percentages of Study Area land
> potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic
> land. The ABPP (American Battlefield Protection Program of the
> Service) believes that all of these battlefields should be viewed as
> priorities for preservation."
> Edward Dunleavy, speaking as President of the Shepherdstown
> Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) stated that: "this report
> finally put to rest the insistence by some that the battle took place
> on the bluffs over looking the Potomac River. Not only was the
> a large area of northern Jefferson County, the importance of the
> not to be under-estimated. General Robert E. Lee intended to continue
> Maryland Campaign and, on September 19, 1862, after retreating from
> issued orders to the Army of Northern Virginia to cross the Potomac
> into MD at Williamsport. An important reason that Lee changed those
> and retreated south was the Battle of Shepherdstown which convinced
> the Union Army of the Potomac was pursuing his troops aggressively.
> later President Abraham Lincoln was able to issue the Emancipation
> The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2002 directed "the
> of Interior acting through the American Battlefield Protection
> (ABPP) of the National Park Service, to update the ... (CWSAC) Report
> Nation's Civil War Battlefields." Funding for the update was provided
> Congress in Fiscal Year 2005 and 2007.Early this month the report for
> released and provided information about each battlefield relative to
> size of: 1) the study area; 2) the core area; and 3) the potential
> Register boundary area.
> "The Study Area represents the historic extent of the battle as it
> across the landscape." It contains the area in which the troops were
> maneuvered and deployed immediately before, during and after combat.
> case of the Battle of Shepherdstown, the study area totals 4,549.21
> 2,792.6 in WV and 1,756.61 in MD. "Historic accounts, terrain
> feature identification inform the delineation of the Study Area
> "The Core Area represents the areas of fighting on the battlefield.
> Positions that delivered or received fire, and the intervening space
> terrain between them, fall within the Core Area." This is frequently
> described as "hallowed ground". "On current WV maps," Dunleavy
> area is approximately from Teague Run in the west to Rattlesnake Run
> east and as far south as Engle-Moler Road and Aspen Pool Farm. In MD,
> area runs from Ferry Hill in the west to about Millers Sawmill Road
> East and approximately 3/8 of a mile north of the Potomac.
> SBPA continues to focus on trying to save the "core" of the "core" or
> 300 acres. "Our focus is on that area where most of the fighting
> WV", stated Dunleavy, "it remains in relatively pristine condition
> be perfect for a Civil War Battlefield Park, not only preserving
> ground' but encouraging heritage tourism in Jefferson County.
> Dr. Thomas Clemens, a noted Civil War historian, a Board member of
> the President of Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF) commented
> "much of the battlefield site in MD is included within the C & O
> National Park. In addition, many historians view the Shepherdstown
> the end of the Battle of Antietam and the SHAF has been active for
> 20 years in preserving battlefield land in MD."
> A copy of the CWSAC report can be obtained at:
> The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA),
> organized in 2004, is a non-profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization
> to saving and preserving the site of the 1862 Battle of
> has preserved 84 acres by way of conservation easements granted by
> who own property on the site. For more information and to purchase
> entitled: Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign
September 19 –
> 20, 1862 ; please visit www.battleofshepherdstown.org
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