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More battlefield land to be preserved in VA

Discussion in 'Battlefield Preservation' started by Glorybound, May 9, 2012.

  1. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator

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    McDonnell, Civil War Trust to announce preservation of northern Virginia battlefield site

    By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 3:10 AM

    MIDDLEBURG, Va. — Preservation officials are headed to northern Virginia to announce a public-private partnership to preserve what they say is a key portion of the Middleburg Battlefield.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell and other state officials are scheduled to be on hand Wednesday for a news conference to announce the acquisition.

    The Civil War Trust says the site is located in Loudoun and Fauquier (faw-KEER’) counties and was the scene of a Civil War cavalry battle on June 19, 1863.

    Union and Confederate re-enactors will fire cannons to celebrate the acquisition.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...lefield-site/2012/05/09/gIQAwbBHCU_story.html
     

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    donna Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    It is always wonderful to read that any land or sites are being preserved. So many monuments etc. need repair and need to be kept up.
     
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  4. whitworth

    whitworth 2nd Lieutenant

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    Perhaps the price Virginia has to continue to pay for all the battle sites and losing a third of its original size to West Virginia.
    Of course historians might use this site to explain why the Confederate cavalry got separated a week or so later, when Lee went to Pennsylvania. But then it was easier to blame Stuart and his cavalry and not Lee's overambitious plan. Plus it is Virginia and when is credit given to the Yankees having something to do with it.
     
  5. M E Wolf

    M E Wolf Brigadier General Moderator

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    I'm glad more lands are being preserved.

    M. E. Wolf
     
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  6. JPK Huson 1863

    JPK Huson 1863 Captain Forum Host

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    We had to go to Dulles not long ago, which was a delight instead of a long drive from PA. It just felt like that entire stretch of Virginia we traveled through should be preserved, quite honestly. You could follow Lee's army( roughly ) down 11/15, and I bored my family intensely following Mosby signs until Leesburg. So MUCH. Heck- let's just haul off and petition for the whole state to be properly honored and preserved. I'll help whine, which will not be attractive.
     
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  7. BillO

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    Please. The last time a bunch of you'll came down they thrashed the place and tried to burn it to the ground! Now you want to take it and make a park?
    Seriously though this is a problem here in old Va. You can't hardly turn around without stumbling over someplace that is historically significant to somebody.
     
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  8. Greg Taylor

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    Good point. Where do you draw the line? I think that in the final analysis the land developers have a huge advantage over the preservationists so I am a big supporter of the Civil War Trust and the preservation movement. Still, I think that we need to pick our battles carefully.
     
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  9. BillO

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    We agree right down the line. Private land owners usually aren't an issue so much as are the big commerial interests. Historical preservation is important but the rights of the owners to develop is a right that must also be respected.
     
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    JPK Huson 1863 Captain Forum Host

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    Hahaha, yes, who knew, when Virginia was being reduced to rubble through countless battles and marches. I have read various journals of soldiers who spoke of the countryside they were marching through in places, how beautiful. More than once I've read some soldier/farmer's soul being revolted at the field of ripe wheat being decimated in whatever battle, LOTS of those 'The Wheatfield', in other states, too. Still- we notice an awful lot more 150 years later, when so much of the loveliness plus historical places are just gone.

    I need someone more conversant than me, speaking of commercial interests, to fill in the blanks on what was going on in Gettysburg along the strip there appoaching what is now Walmart? Holy Cow, how ugly along the tracks there-pretty seedy looking. It does indeed make you more determined to support what's left, doesn't it? Across the board, not just Gettysburg.
     

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