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535Re: [TalkAntietam] Harpers Ferry on endangered list

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  • David Lutton
    Feb 27, 2002
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      Thanks for the article. Of particular concern to me was the threat to the
      Schoolhouse Ridge area. Several years ago, I was attempting to get a
      better grasp of the action at Harper's Ferry. After viewing the area from
      Schoolhouse Ridge I believe I got a clearer picture of the seige from
      Jackson's perspective. If I remember correctly the ground from the ridge
      was rather open as it ascended onto the Union position at the Heights
      beyond. I hope this important ground is not lost.

      David Lutton
      Hollidaysburg Pa
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      > >From today's Hagerstown Herald-Mail....
      > "Civil War battlefields on endangered list"
      > The Harpers Ferry Civil War battlefield is one of the 10 most endangered
      > the nation, according to a watchdog group's list released Tuesday. The
      > War Preservation Trust named battlefields in Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg,
      > and six other states as the most threatened by development.
      > The Trust also named 15 other battlefields as "at-risk," one step below
      > top 10. None of the other 15 are in the Tri-State region. The Trust, a
      > nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, said that 2,729 of the
      > acres in the Harpers Ferry battlefield area are protected.
      > Harpers Ferry National Historical Park spokeswoman Marsha Starkey said
      > acres are within the park boundaries. She said she didn't know how the
      > 429 acres are protected. Starkey said "it's an honor" for the battlefield
      > be on the Civil War Preservation Trust list because of the attention it
      > draws. At the same time, "Our hope is (that) sometime in the future we
      > make the list," she said.
      > In 1993, the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission identified 384 U.S.
      > battlefields and rated their historical significance and likelihood of
      > preservation, Civil War Preservation Trust spokesman Jim Campi said. The
      > Harpers Ferry battlefield is ranked Priority I (highest possibility of
      > preservation) and Class B (second-highest historical significance).
      > At a battle in Harpers Ferry in September 1862, more than 12,000 Union
      > soldiers surrendered to Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Confederate
      > force. Developers are considering building 188 houses and a 130-foot
      > tower on 99 acres near the park. The parcel, west of the park, is known as
      > Murphy's Farm.
      > Opponents have said the project would mar the landscape and desecrate a
      > historically important piece of Civil War and civil rights history. The
      > property was once home to abolitionist John Brown's fort. After convening
      > Niagara Movement at Harpers Ferry in 1906, W.E.B. DuBois went on to help
      > found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
      > The Park Service has been mentioned as a possible buyer for Murphy's Farm.
      > Under a mandate from Congress, the Park Service will hold four public
      > meetings in March about expanding the park. Starkey said up to 500 acres
      > being considered, "a good percentage of it" to the west.
      > Another 280 acres on Schoolhouse Ridge, outside the national park, also
      > vulnerable to development, Campi said. The Trust started compiling its
      > list last year. Harpers Ferry was on that list, too.
      > At its Web site, the Trust says its goal is "to preserve historical
      > battlefield land through outright purchases, conservation easements, and
      > partnerships with federal, state, and local governments." The Trust says
      > has helped protect more than 14,000 acres in 18 states.
      > POSTED BY: Tom Shay
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