PRESERVATION of BATTLEFIELD LAND CELEBRATED
On Sunday afternoon, November 16, a sign was erected and dedicated to commemorate the purchase and preservation of two properties
totaling 2.2 acres on the site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. The properties are contiguous to the historic Cement Mill
property which was saved and preserved in 2011.
In late 2011, the Civil War Trust (CWT) purchased 18 acres of the Cement Mill property and in late 2013, another
small parcel, contiguous to the Cement Mill property, was purchased. Early this year the CWT purchased another property
contiguous to the Cement Mill property. All the properties were deeded to the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks
Commission (HLC). Ultimately, the HLC intends to donate the parcels to the National Park Service (NPS).
A conservation easement has been placed on the properties and they have been included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The total cost of all the land purchases was $536,000. The funds to complete the recent purchases came from the Land and Water
Conservation Fund administered by the NPS, Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., and the Shepherdstown Battlefield
Preservation Association Inc. Importantly, all the properties purchased by the CWT are contiguous to 59 acres already saved
through the use of conservation easements. In total, 104 acres of the core of site of the Battle of Shepherdstown have been
saved and preserved.
This effort has been the result of the work of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc (SBPA) and its
individual members. SBPA is a non-profit corporation, organized in 2004 dedicated to saving and preserving the core of the
site of the Battle of Shepherdstown. Almost $1.2 million has been raised through grants and membership contributions during
the last ten years. If you would like to help save more of the battlefield and learn more about SBPA, please go
AUGUST 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Park Service News Release
National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on the Shepherdstown Battlefield Special
Resource Study/Boundary Study/Environmental Assessment
WASHINGTON - Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released the Shepherdstown Battlefield
Special Resource Study/Boundary Study/Environmental Assessment for public comment through
October 3, 2014. The NPS will hold two public meetings during the comment period.
The NPS preferred alternative -Alternative 2A- proposes a boundary adjustment of Antietam
National Battlefield to include the Shepherdstown battlefield. The special resource study
determined that the battlefield does not meet NPS criteria to become its own stand-alone
unit of the national park system.
During the public meetings the NPS planning team will explain the study outcomes,
answer public questions and take public comments. Historian Thomas McGrath, author of
Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign, September 19-20 1862, will present
research on the events that occurred during the two-day Shepherdstown battle. McGrath
served as an advisor to the NPS planning team, providing historical information and research.
The meetings are as follows:
Tuesday September 9, 5 to 8 p.m.
(with presentations at 5 and 6:30 p.m.)
Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center
5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Md.p>
Thursday, September 11, 5 to 8 p.m.
(with presentations at 5 and 6:30 p.m.)
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
233 Lowe Drive, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Congress directed the NPS to complete the special resource and boundary studies
to evaluate the national significance of Shepherdstown battlefield and its suitability
for inclusion in the national park system. The law specifically directs the NPS to assess
the suitability and feasibility of designating Shepherdstown battlefield as a stand-alone
unit of the NPS or adjusting the boundary of either Antietam National Battlefield or Harpers
Ferry National Historical Park to include Shepherdstown battlefield. The special resource study
evaluates Shepherdstown battlefield as a potential new stand-alone unit while the boundary
study evaluates its potential addition to Antietam or Harpers Ferry.
The public comment period is open August 8 to October 3, 2014. The NPS invites
the public to share thoughts on the alternatives, the proposed boundary and to identify
concerns with the study. Comments will be accepted electronically at
www.parkplanning.nps.gov/SHBA, orally or in writing at the public meetings and
written comments can also be by mailed to:
Regional Director, National Capital Region
C/O Jordan Hoaglund-Planning
National Park Service, Denver Service Center
12795 West Alameda Parkway, PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
Mailed comments must be postmarked by October 3, 2014, to receive consideration.
Before including a personal address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in a written comment, commenters should be aware that their entire comment-including their personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While anyone wishing to comment may ask the NPS in their comment to withhold their personal identifying information from public review, the NPS cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
For more information visit parkplanning.nps.gov/SHBA.