Shepherdstown Battlefield Special Resource Study/Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service is beginning a special resource study of the Shepherdstown Battlefield, located near the town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In 2009, Congress passed legislation directing the National Park Service (NPS) to evaluate the national significance of the battlefield. The legislation also directs the NPS to study the suitability and feasibility of adding the battlefield to the national park system as an addition to either Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or Antietam National Battlefield. Additionally, the study may evaluate alternative strategies to National Park Service ownership and management. These alternatives may encourage partnerships and other efforts to protect important resources in ways that do not necessarily require direct NPS management.
Please join us for one of two public meetings to be held on February 23rd and 25th (click the "meeting notices" link to the left for more information). At these meetings, Civil War historian Thomas McGrath, author of Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign, September 19-20, 1862, will present his research on the events that occurred during the two-day battle at Shepherdstown and the impact of the battle on U.S. history. The National Park Service study team will also explain the study process, answer your questions, and gather your ideas for the study.
This special resources study will take place over the next two years in coordination with Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. During this time, the study will assess public interest and support by providing opportunities for your comment. Based on the Special Resource Study, the NPS will recommend to the Secretary of the Interior whether the battlefield meets the criteria for inclusion into the park system. The Secretary will forward the recommendation to Congress.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about and comment on this study effort. You may provide your thoughts at one of the public meetings or on this website (see the "Open For Comment" link to the left). We look forward to hearing from you!