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Shepherdstown projects get federal funds

August 22, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

BARDANE, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin announced Monday that $250,000 in federal funding has been approved for a streetscape project in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and $100,000 in federal money has been earmarked to help purchase land where the Battle of Shepherdstown was fought during the Civil War.

Manchin announced funding for the projects while formally opening a new state Division of Highways office in Bardane Monday afternoon.

The source for both funding awards came from a federal transportation enhancement program and was dispersed through the state, officials said.

The town of Shepherdstown has received $450,000 for its streetscape project, which calls for construction of new sidewalks in town, said Town Recorder Cindy Cook, who was at the DMV grand opening.

That money will go toward the first phase of streetscape improvements on German Street from King to Church streets, Cook said.

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The $250,000 will be used for streetscape improvements on King Street from High to Washington streets, Cook said.

Construction on the first phase could start in about a year, Cook said.

The Battle of Shepherdstown took place Sept. 19 and 20, 1862, on land east of Shepherdstown off Trough Road.

After the Battle of Antietam, Gen. Robert E. Lee began to pull his Army of Northern Virginia back across the Potomac River, crossing at Pack Horse Ford.

Union soldiers arrived on the Maryland side of the river the following morning and began to shoot at Confederate troops across the water.

There were more than 600 casualties, according to historians.

The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association LLC has been attempting to purchase more than 100 acres to help preserve the battlefield.

Ed Dunleavy, president of the group, has said about $1.9 million is needed for the purchase. Some of the land has been preserved under conservation easements, Dunleavy said.

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