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Civil War Trust

CWPT
For Immediate Release: 11/07/08

Media Advisory: Partners to Make Major Battlefield Preservation Announcement

(Frederick County, Va.) - On Wednesday, November 12, 2008, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) and the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) will be joined by the Commonwealth of Virginia to make a significant battlefield preservation announcement. The subject land lies within the core area of the Third Battle of Winchester.

WHAT: News conference to announce a campaign to save a key portion of the Third Winchester battlefield.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12
1:00pm – Media-only tour of property
2:30pm – News conference with partners on property

WHERE: Redbud Road, one-tenth of a mile west of Milburn Road
Northeast of Winchester, Virginia
I-81 exit 317, turn north onto US Route 11 and immediately turn right onto Redbud Road, travel a half-mile. Parking for both the tour and news conference will be in the parking lot of CWPT’s Third Winchester property.

RAIN LOCATION: In case of inclement weather, check the news area at www.ShenandoahAtWar.org or call 540-327-7097.

WHO: Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Irvin Hess, MD, SVBF Chairman
James Lighthizer, CWPT President

PHOTO OP: Media tour of the property will begin at 1:00pm.
News conference: principals making announcement on battlefield landscape; additional photography arrangements are available on request.

BACKGROUND:
- The Third Battle of Winchester (19 September 1864) was one of the largest fought in the Shenandoah Valley—encompassing almost eight square miles of landscape and engaging 54,000 Americans. The battlefield is one of only 45 sites determined by the National Park Service as having had a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war.
- The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District was created by Congress in 1996 to help protect ten Civil War battlefields in the Valley, including Third Winchester (also called Opequon). SVBF, manager of the eight-county District, has already protected more than 184 acres at Third Winchester in the last six years.
- CWPT has protected 222 acres at Third Winchester, part of nearly 1,000 acres of battlefield land CWPT has helped save in Frederick County. In 2007, CWPT opened a 5-mile walking and biking trail at Third Winchester, which has become a very popular amenity both for battlefield buffs and local residents.
- Additional partners made this project possible, including the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Details will be announced at the press conference.

About the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation (SVBF)
Created by Congress in 1996, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District encompasses Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in Virginia and the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester. As authorized by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, SVBF serves as the non-profit manager of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, partnering with local, regional, and national organizations and governments to preserve the Valley’s battlefields and interpret and promote the region’s Civil War story.

About the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT)
With 60,000 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 and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. Since 1987, the organization has helped save more than 25,000 acres of battlefield land, including nearly 1,000 acres in historic Frederick County, Virginia. Last year, CWPT opened a popular walking and biking trail on its 222-acre Third Winchester property. 

Contacts

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

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