For Immediate Release: 10/06/03
Preservation Group Announces Campaign to Rescue Corricks Ford Battlefield
(Parsons, W.Va.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), America's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation group, today announced its participation in a campaign to rescue a portion of historic Corricks Ford Battlefield. CWPT is working with the City of Parsons, W.Va., to save a 25-acre parcel that played a key role of the July 13, 1861 battle.
"Corricks Ford is a national treasure," remarked CWPT President James Lighthizer. "If this property was allowed to fall prey to development, an important part of West Virginia's heritage would be lost forever."
To ensure that Corricks Ford is preserved for future generations, CWPT has been working with local preservationists to secure funding to preserve the property. In June, CWPT and the City of Parsons secured a $297,000 Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant to enable the city to purchase the property and interpret the site.
The City of Parsons is now seeking another $100,000 to meet the required match for the TE grant, as well as to develop a trailhead and museum on the site. To this end, the city has begun a campaign to raise the $100,000 locally. CWPT has agreed to contribute $5,000 toward the $100,000 goal.
Concerned citizens and Civil War enthusiasts interested in contributing to the Corricks Ford preservation campaign should contact Riley Barb, President of the Corricks Ford Round Table, 222 Main Street, Parsons, W.Va. 26287. Mr. Barb can be reached by phone at (304) 478-4144 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corricks Ford was the final battle in a three-day campaign that started at Rich Mountain and concluded along the banks of the Shavers Fork River. The Federal victory at Corricks Ford helped secure West Virginia for the Union. Corricks Ford also witnessed the death of Confederate General Robert S. Garnett, the first general on either side to lose his life in the Civil War.
CWPT has a long history of preserving hallowed ground in West Virginia. CWPT recently helped save 232 acres at Harpers Ferry, and has been involved in preservation efforts at Fort Mulligan, Greenland Gap and Rich Mountain.
CWPT is a 45,000-member 501(c)(3) nonprofit battlefield preservation organization. Its goals are to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org.