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Shepherdstown Battlefield / WVU Historic Resource Study - Press Release

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    For Immediate Release – January 12, 2009 Shepherdstown, Morgantown, West Virginia For more information, contact: Edward E. Dunleavy President, Shepherdstown
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      For Immediate Release – January 12, 2009
      Shepherdstown, Morgantown, West Virginia

      For more information, contact:

      Edward E. Dunleavy
      President,
      Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (
      (917) 747 - 5748

      Peter S.Carmichael
      Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies,
      Department of History
      West Virginia University
      (304) 293-2421

      Historic Resource Study Announced

      Jointly with the Department of History of West Virginia University
      (WVU), the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc.
      (SBPA) announces a collaborative effort to document the historical
      nature and importance of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The
      battlefield site is one mile east of Shepherdstown WV. Peter S.
      Carmichael, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies at WVU will oversee
      the preparation of a historic resource study of the site by his
      graduate school class. The students will also design and record a
      podcast walking tour of the site that will be available on the
      websites of both WVU and SBPA.

      After touring the battlefield site in October of 2008, and knowing
      the significance of the battle, Professor Carmichael felt that a
      historic resource study performed by his graduate school class would
      aid both in creating a better understanding of the battle's
      significance and hopefully help in the effort to save and preserve
      the site. "This battle was important in the history of our state and
      was important because it was the end to the Army of Northern
      Virginia's Antietam Campaign; a campaign that many believe to be the
      turning point of the Civil War", said Carmichael. He added: "not
      enough has been done to document the battle and help bring it to the
      attention of both Civil War historians and the general public.
      Hopefully our study and podcast will help."

      A tour of the site by Carmichael and his graduate students will be
      held on Sunday morning, January 25, 2009. The tour will be led by Dr.
      Thomas G. Clemens, a member of the Board of Directors of SBPA. Tom is
      also Professor of History at Hagerstown Community College, President
      of Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. and a noted expert on the
      Antietam Campaign.

      The Board of Directors of SBPA and the Board of the Morgantown (WV)
      Civil War Roundtable agreed to provide the funding for the study and
      podcast. In addition, SBPA has agreed to provide signage on the
      battlefield that will coordinate with the walking tour podcast. "The
      members of SBPA are appreciative of the effort that Professor
      Carmichael and his students are making to produce the study and
      podcast", said Ed Dunleavy, President of SBPA. "Despite last year's
      publication of the first full length account of the Battle of
      Shepherdstown, there remains some skepticism regarding the battle's
      location and relevance. I'm sure that the study and podcast will
      finally eliminate any doubts", added Dunleavy.

      The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) is
      a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to saving and preserving the site
      of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The battle was fought on
      September 19-20, 1862 involving approximately 9,000 troops and
      resulted in 677 casualties. The battle was fought over an area about
      one square mile located south of Boteler's (Packhorse) Ford and east
      of Shepherdstown, WV. 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 see: www.battleofshepherdstown.org
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