5686RE: [TalkAntietam] Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. - Press Release
- Apr 10, 2009David: In a word: none. These are two separate issues. However, now that The
County Planning Commission has decided to file a petition with the West
Virginia Supreme Court asking for a review of their prior decision, there is
hope that the development will be either stopped or delayed. If the
development can be delayed for a long time, the hope is that the Federal
government will be able to eventually buy the property. Given the current
condition in the County real estate market, the developer is unlikely to
build for several years. -ED
Please visit our website at: www.battleofshepherdstown.org
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What affect will this news have on the ongoing problems with the current
litigation over the housing development?
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Subject: [TalkAntietam] Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association
Inc. - Press Release
For Immediate Release - April 8, 2009
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
For more information, contact:
Edward E. Dunleavy
Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc.
(917) 747 - 5748
PRESIDENT OBAMA ACTS TO SAVE SHEPHERDSTOWN BATTLEFIELD SITE
Legislation introduced by Senator Robert C. Byrd was passed by both the
United States Senate and House of Representatives and signed into law by
President Obama on March 30, 2009. At a Senate hearing in 2008,
representatives of the National Park Service spoke in support of Senator
Byrd's proposed legislation. Included in the "Omnibus Public Land Management
Act of 2009" was a section that could ultimately save and preserve the site
of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown.
Presented below is the section of the law that will begin the process that
could lead to the Shepherdstown battlefield site into being included within
either the boundary of the National Parks at Antietam or Harper's Ferry:
SEC. 7205. SHEPHERDSTOWN BATTLEFIELD, WEST VIRGINIA.
(a) Special Resources Study- The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in
this section as the `Secretary') shall conduct a special resource study
relating to the Battle of Shepherdstown in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to
(1) the national significance of the Shepherdstown battlefield and sites
relating to the Shepherdstown battlefield; and
(2) the suitability and feasibility of adding the Shepherdstown
battlefield and sites relating to the Shepherdstown battlefield as part of--
(A) Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; or
(B) Antietam National Battlefield.
(b) Criteria- In conducting the study authorized under subsection (a), the
Secretary shall use the criteria for the study of areas for potential
inclusion in the National Park System contained in section 8(c) of Public
Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(c)).
(c) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made
available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall submit to the
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on
Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report containing the
findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the study conducted under
(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be
appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.
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
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