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Aug
07

Help Save 13 acres at Harper’s Ferry

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save-harpers-ferry-headerHarpers Ferry is one of the most historic places in the United States.

In 1783, Thomas Jefferson stood in awe of its beauty. Abolitionist John Brown raided the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859, only to be captured by U.S. Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee and Lt. J.E.B. Stuart.  In 1861, General Thomas J. Jackson occupied Harpers Ferry, then returned in 1862 as “Stonewall,” bringing about the largest mass surrender of U.S. troops of the Civil War.

Today, the Civil War Trust has the opportunity to save 13 acres at Harpers Ferry.  This tract—the site of the historic Allstadt’s Ordinary—played a pivotal role in John Brown’s raid and was at the heart of the battlefield in 1862.  Now, thanks to a phenomenal $19.41-to-$1 match, we can protect this crucial piece of American history and preserve it for future generations.

Click here to Help Save Harpers Ferry!

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Mar
11

Shepherdstown Battlefield Updates

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ShepherdstownThe Civil War Trust has negotiated to purchase a property on the Shepherdstown Battlefield and has asked for the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association’s (SBPA) help in funding the purchase. The property, with a house, is 1.6 acres and contiguous to the Cement Mill property. The price is $185,000.  If the purchase is completed with SBPA’s help, it will mean that SBPA has helped to save 104 acres of the battlefield. In addition the purchase of this property will mean that 79 acres will be contiguous and contain about 1850 feet of river front property along the Potomac River and measure about 2100 feet south of the river.

The Board of SBPA would like to contribute as much as possible and asks your help in effecting this purchase.  We continue to thank you for your past support and hope that you will continue to support our effort to save the battlefield.

-SBPA Board of Directors

Click here to support the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association

Cement Mill Property Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Through the diligent work of the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission and Martin Burke, Chairman, the Cement Mill property has been included in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  The effort was aided by Tom Clemens, who helped in obtaining the approval of the Washington County (MD) Historic District Commission (WCHDC). As you may know, thePotomac River is in MD which places the Cement Mill dam in the river and in MD. Consequently, the application for inclusion in the NRHP needed the approval of the WCHDC.

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Dec
14

Help Save Cool Spring Battlefield

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Civil War TrustYou can help save 924 acres of core battlefield at Cool Springs, Virginia, where 5000 troops of General George Crook’s Army of West Virginia fought against a force of 8000 Confederates on July 18, 1864. (Casualties:  Federal 422, Confederate 397)  Several West Virginia units were involved in this fight including the 1st, 4th, 12th, and 15th West Virginia Infantry regiments.

Currently, there is an opportunity to multiply your gift with a $30.53 to $1.00 match!

Visit Civil War Trust web site at civilwar.org for more details….

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Civil War TrustThe Cool Spring, Virginia, battlefield is one of five that the Civil War Trust is endeavoring to save during a year end campaign that includes an incredible $109 to $1 match!  The campaign seeks to preserve 1150 acres of the battlefield where George Crook’s Army of West Virginia fought.   West Virginia units at the battle included the 1st, 11th, 12th, and 15th West Virginia Infantries, as well as the 1st West Virginia Light Artillery Battery E.

To learn more about the campaign and to donate, visit: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/yearend2012/a-message-from-jim-lighthizer.html

For more info on the Battle of Cool Springs, click here….

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During a ceremony on March 2, 2012, at the Bavarian Inn in historic Shepherdstown, W.Va., the Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest battlefield preservation organization, recognized two outstanding advocates for the protection of historic sites with its Chairman’s Awards for Excellence.  One of the awards, presented by the Trust’s chairman, Henry E. Simpson, honored Edward Dunleavy of Shepherdstown, W.Va., for his outstanding work with the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association.

Read the entire press release from the Civil War Trust….

 

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Sep
30

Toward Statehood

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Western Virginia on the Eve of War
by Dr. Mark A. Snell, Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University

Read the article that appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Hallowed Ground magazine produced by the Civil War Trust.

Toward Statehood

1864, Library of Congress

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