Re: [TalkAntietam] NH at Antietam:
- My solution was to buy the land for the lesser known battlefield and then
throw myself in front of the bulldozers at the other location and hope for
enough press coverage to help save the more famous one. :o)
Mind you, this is kind of interesting and does show there isn't just one
answer. There are so many variables when you look at battlefield
preservation. In Gettysburg they spent over a million bucks just for 1.5
acres and a million bucks is likely a lot less than it cost to save the
entire Mine Creek Battlefield in Kansas.
> If I had the money and the two sites were for sale, I would put a down
> payment on both, use the cash as collateral to obtain mortgages on both,
> and start to find matching grants with the main cash used for leverage,
> then start a fund-raising campaign to save both sites. That's my way of
> having my cake and eating it too!
> Seriously though, Steve raises a good point. Lots of people have called
> us over the years to ask (demand?) that we join in local preservation
> fights. Last time it was the ridge along Downsville Pike which Lee
> fortified after Gettysburg. Usually such calls are NIMBY-types looking
> for support and want to use us as club. "You're a Civil War
> preservation group, you should care about this." Turns out the guy lived
> in a new house next to the proposed development. I asked him if he
> thought I should have protested his house, and he hung up.
> CWPT, back when it was APCWS did a study of all the sites, thousands,
> and set a prioritization based on a number of criteria. Things like
> significance of the action, state of current preservation, cost per
> acre, local government support, etc. For lack of a better national
> clearing house, their system is probably the best out there. I agee
> with Steve, we cannot save it all. BUt too often that arguement becomes
> an excuse to save nothing, so somewhere in between should lie the
> balance point.
> Tom Clemens
> Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
> Professor of History
> Hagerstown Community College
> >>> jeffcowvplanning@... 03/08/05 11:16 AM >>>
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> > 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.