PRESS RELEASE : SBPA ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HISTORICAL ADVISORY BOARD
- For Immediate Release June 23, 2009
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
For more information, contact:
Edward E. Dunleavy
Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc.
(917) 747 - 5748
PRESERVATION GROUP ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HISTORICAL ADVISORY BOARD
The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA) has established a Historical Advisory Board (HAB). Edward E. Dunleavy, President of SBPA, announced today the establishment of the HAB. Dunleavy stated that "the HAB was organized by Dr. Peter Carmichael, the West Virginia University (WVU) Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies. The Board of Directors of SBPA and its more than 130 members wish to thank Dr. Carmichael for his effort. The HAB includes many of today's most respected scholars and Civil War historians."
Dr. Carmichael stated that "the outpouring of support from the academic community in forming a Historical Advisory Board attests to the undeniable historic importance of the Battle of Shepherdstown. Among the scholars who have joined the board, all are recognized experts in the field of Civil War history, and many have received national attention for their work, including James McPherson, Gary W. Gallagher, Elizabeth Pryor, and William Link. Their support of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association is indispensable to saving what they uniformly believe is sacred historical ground."
Dunleavy added that "importantly West Virginia is well represented on the HAB with Civil War historians from WVU, Marshall University and Shepherd University. The HAB ensures that SBPA's portrayal of the Battle of Shepherdstown is historically accurate and we thank the members of the HAB for their participation."
Members of the SBPA HAB are:
Kevin T. Barksdale Marshall University
Stephen W. Berry II - University of Georgia
Keith S. Bohannon - West Georgia State University
Peter S. Carmichael - West Virginia University
Thomas W. Cutrer - Arizona State University
William C. Davis - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
William W. Freehling Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Gary W. Gallagher - University of Virginia
Lesley Jill Gordon University of Akron
A. Wilson Greene Petersburg, Virginia
Clark B. Hall Fairfax, Virginia
Earl J. Hess Lincoln Memorial University
Caroline E. Janney - Purdue University
Robert E. L. Krick Richmond, Virginia
Susanna Michele Lee North Carolina State University
William A. Link - University of Florida
Thomas A. McGrath North Country College
James M. McPherson - Princeton University
Frank A. O'Reilly Fredericksburg, Virginia
Elizabeth B. Pryor - Washington D.C
George C. Rable University of Alabama
Gordon C. Rhea Charleston, South Carolina
Mark A. Snell - Shepherd University
Susannah J. Ural University of Southern Mississippi
Joan Waugh University of California, Los Angeles
Biographies of members of the HAB are available on the SBPA website: www.battleofshepherdstown.org
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