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  • edunleavy921
    Jan 24, 2009
      For Immediate Release – January 24, 2009 Shepherdstown, West Virginia

      For more information, contact:
      Edward E. Dunleavy
      Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc.
      (917) 747 - 5748


      Legislation introduced by Senator Robert C. Byrd in mid-2008 was
      included in a bill that was approved by the United States Senate last
      week. This legislation begins the process that could ultimately save
      and preserve the site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown.

      On Sunday, January 18, 2009, the Senate passed S.22, the "Omnibus
      Public Land Management Act of 2009". Included in the "Act" was a
      section that authorized the National Park Service to conduct a
      Special Resources Study of the Shepherdstown Battlefield. The study
      is to: 1) determine the national significance of the battle and the
      site; and, 2) to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding
      the Shepherdstown site to either the Harpers Ferry National
      Historical Park or the Antietam National Battlefield. The "Act" also
      authorizes the appropriation of such sums necessary to carry out the

      The Battle of Shepherdstown was fought on September 19 – 20, 1862
      over approximately one square mile, east of what was then
      Shepherdstown, Virginia and south of the Potomac River and Boteler's
      (aka Packhorse) Ford. The battle was the last of three battles fought
      during the Army of Northern Virginia's (ANV) Antietam or Maryland
      Campaign. Approximately 9000 troops took part in the Shepherdstown
      battle with 677 casualties about equally divided between the Union
      Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's troops. The battle's
      significance is that it was a contributing factor in Lee's decision
      to reverse the order to move north back into Maryland. As a
      consequence, the ANV retreated up the Shenandoah Valley toward
      Winchester. That retreat allowed the Union Army to declare a military
      victory and enabled President Abraham Lincoln to issue the
      Emancipation Proclamation.


      The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA),
      organized in 2004, is a non-profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization
      dedicated to saving and preserving the site of the 1862 Battle of
      Shepherdstown. 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 ; please
      visit www.battleofshepherdstown.org