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  • edunleavy921
    For Immediate Release – April 8, 2009 Shepherdstown, West Virginia For more information, contact: Edward E. Dunleavy President, Shepherdstown Battlefield
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 8, 2009
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      For Immediate Release – April 8, 2009
      Shepherdstown, West Virginia

      For more information, contact:
      Edward E. Dunleavy
      President,
      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 evaluate--
      (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 subsection (a).
      (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
    • david lutton
      Ed, What affect will this news have on the ongoing problems with the current litigation over the housing development? David Lutton Hollidaysburg pa ... From:
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 9, 2009
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        Ed,

        What affect will this news have on the ongoing problems with the current litigation over the housing development?

        David Lutton
        Hollidaysburg pa
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        From: edunleavy921
        To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 10:35 AM
        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
        President,
        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 evaluate--
        (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 subsection (a).
        (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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      • Edward and Carol Dunleavy
        David: 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
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 10, 2009
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          David: 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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          Behalf Of david lutton
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          Association Inc. - Press Release

          Ed,

          What affect will this news have on the ongoing problems with the current
          litigation over the housing development?

          David Lutton
          Hollidaysburg pa
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: edunleavy921
          To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 10:35 AM
          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
          President,
          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
          evaluate--
          (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
          subsection (a).
          (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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