I had a book signing earlier today at the Gettysburg Gift Center / American Civil War Museum in Gettysburg as part of the 145th Anniversary commemorations. I shared a table with author Thomas A. McGrath, a college professor who has written a book on the Battle of Shepherdstown. Civil War miniature wargamers will recognize this battle as one that appeared as a Johnny Reb 3 scenario in my book, Undying Courage: The Antietam Campaign in Miniature. Shepherdstown is among the most threatened ACW battlefields, and preservationists were recently dealt a severe blow by the West Virginia Supreme Court.
Now, the door may have opened to allow the desecration of the battlefield and conversion into yet another housing development – a shameful travesty that has already gobbled up hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of historic sites in this country. For once, it would be nice for politicians and judges to do something to protect and preserve the heritage of this country before it’s too late. A giant raspberry for the Mountaineer “justices,” and a huzzah for Tom McGrath and others who are struggling to publicize and protect the Shepherdstown battlefield.
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Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign by Thomas McGrath (Schroeder Publications, 2007) Maps, photos, illustrations, soft cover. Pages: 268 ISBN:1-889246-39-5.