Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 02/23/06

Media Advisory: Preservation Groups Join Forces to Urge Protection of Valley Battlefields

(New Market, Va.) - On March 1, 2006, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) will host a news conference to address the impact of a proposed I-81 widening on the Valley's irreplaceable Civil War battlefields. Eleven Civil War battlefields are either directly or indirectly threatened by plans to expand I-81 through the Valley.

Representing the two groups at the news conference will be CWPT President James Lighthizer and SVBF Executive Director Howard Kittell. Lighthizer and Kittell will be joined by other local activists seeking to preserve the Valley's unique historical resources by supporting the "Reasonable Solutions" for improving I-81. The Reasonable Solutions alternative, a six-point plan for improving traffic flow and safety without generating sprawl, is supported by many local governments in the Valley.

The news conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market, Va. (immediately adjacent to I-81). In case of inclement weather, the news conference will be held in the park's Hall of Valor museum.

WHAT: News conference to address impact of I-81 widening on 11 Shenandoah Valley Battlefields

WHO: CWPT President James Lighthizer, SVBF Executive Director Howard Kittell, Shenandoah Forum President Rosemary Wallinger, New Market Battlefield Park Director Scott Harris, and Rockingham County Community Alliance for Preservation President Kim Sandum.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Hall of Valor, New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, New Market, Va. (the exit 264 interchange of I-81).

SVBF serves as the nonprofit manager of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, partnering with local, regional and national organizations and governments to preserve the Shenandoah Valley's Civil War battlefields and interpret and promote the Valley's Civil War story for the region and the nation. SVBF's website is located at

With 75,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's remaining Civil War battlefields. Since 1987, the organization has saved more than 22,000 acres of hallowed ground. CWPT's website is located at


  • Jim Campi or Mary Koik (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861

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