535Re: [TalkAntietam] Harpers Ferry on endangered list
- Feb 27, 2002Tom,
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.
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Subject: [TalkAntietam] Harpers Ferry on endangered list
> >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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