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For Immediate Release: 09/11/09

Media Advisory: Senator Webb to Join Preservationists for Major Battlefield Announcement

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(Frederick County, Va.) – On Friday, September 18, 2009, U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) will join representatives of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF), the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), the Commonwealth of Virginia, and local partners at the Third Winchester battlefield to make a significant battlefield preservation announcement.

WHAT: 

News conference to make preservation announcement at Third Winchester battlefield

WHEN: 

Friday, September 18
10:00 a.m. – 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 just over a mile to a farm gate on the right—look for roadside event signs.

Rain Location:  In case of inclement weather, check the news section of the www.ShenandoahAtWar.org website or call Elizabeth Stern at 540-327-7097.

WHO:

- Hon. Jim Webb, United States Senator, Virginia
- Hon. Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Director, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
- Dr. Irvin E. Hess, M.D., SVBF Chairman
- Theodore Sedgwick, CWPT Chairman emeritus
- W. Denman Zirkle, SVBF Executive Director
- Other officials and funding partners

PHOTO OP:

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 431 acres at Third Winchester, part of more than 1,200 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.

-  Sen. Webb is a long-time champion of efforts to protect Civil War battlefields, in Virginia and across the nation, serving as chief sponsor of legislation promoting historic preservation initiatives.

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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 55,000 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 28,000 acres of battlefield land, including nearly 1,000 acres in historic Frederick County, Virginia.  In 2007, CWPT opened a popular walking and biking trail on its Third Winchester property.

Contacts

  • Elizabeth Stern (SVBF) 
    540-327-7097
  • Jim Campi (CWPT)
    202-367-1861 ext. 7205

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