Re: [TalkAntietam] Grafitti by Monument
- On Thursday, March 3, 2005, at 02:22 PM, Brian Morris wrote:
> We can preserve and restore but we should never have theTom Clemens wrote:
> ego to think that we have the right to add. There is a saying in cave
> exploring. Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but pictures.
> generations should see Gettysburg, Antietam and other battlefields as
> as we can to how the veterans intended and not even know we were ever
> Myself, along with the majority of the Directors of SHAF, think it is aAmen, guys. What strategies, if any, do you feel we all can adopt to
> terrible idea to put new monuments on the any battlefield.
monumental (sorry!) assaults on our battlefields? Letters to
senators? Phone calls? Others?
> > Steve Bockmiller wrote:Steve,
> > > Falling Waters, WV (currently in the local news)
> > > Hanover, PA (if someone was inclined to try)
> > > Shepherdstown, WV (currently subject of
I live in York County, PA, and work not far from Hanover. There's not
much left there to preserve. Since much of the fighting occurred in
the town's streets or in fields immediately adjacent to Hanover,
almost all the open land that saw combat is gone (long since
swallowed up by houses on streets named Stuart Avenue, etc.). One
last vista from the Keller farm where the horse artillery lobbed
shells at Hanover is now gone as of last summer (new construction).
Even the small ditch that Stuart and Blackford leaped on horseback is
in the backyards of private homes. Some of the routes that Stuart
took to manuever are still pastoral, but I question how many more
years this will be true.
Mt. Olive Cemetery (CSA gun position and Hampton's line) is
surrounded by houses, the Union gun positions north of town on the
heights are indiscernible from the rows of houses, and the Rice farm
is no longer a farm, nor is the Forney farm.
Downtown, there is a nice statue (The Picket), a couple cannons
(including Parrott gun tube #1), some other ACW displays and plaques,
and a couple state historical markers. One wall plaque honors Custer.