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Chamber pledges $1K toward Monterey Pass battle site purchase

August 29, 2011
  • Cindy Baker, sixth from right and representing the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce, presents a $1,000 check to Alicia Miller, chairperson of the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield. They are surrounded by Washington Township officials, where the land is located, and representatives of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, the Waynesboro Main Street program, the Blue Ridge Lions Club and historians. Shown from left are: John Miller, historian; Bill Carter, board member, Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield; Elaine Gladhill, township supervisor; Shelly Benchoff, from Sen. Rich Alloways office; Alicia Miller, president, Friends of Monterey Pass; Bill Hofmann, Greater Waynesboro Chamber; Mary Harris, Franklin County Visitors Bureau; Jeff Geesaman, township supervisor; Clint Rock, township planner; Cindy Baker, Greater Chambersburg Chamber; Mike Christopher, Washington Township manager; Bob Gillard, Blue Ridge Lions Club; Carlene Willhide, director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce; Joyce Benedict, Greater Waynesboro Chamber; and Pat Fleagle, director of the Main Street program.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce donated $1,000 to the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. on Aug. 24 to help the organization with its plans to purchase battlefield property.

The Chamber presents three Civil War seminars each year and donates some of the proceeds for battlefield preservation. Since the seminars began in 1989, the Chamber has donated nearly $150,000 to numerous preservation organizations.

“As chairperson of the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, I could not be more pleased with this donation. I am very happy to see our battlefield gain recognition and support from these organizations,” said Alicia Miller. “Several opportunities have arisen which could result in preserving strategic lands where the Battle of Monterey Pass occurred. We are currently within striking distance of purchasing one of these properties thanks to donations from organizations like the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. To all those who have donated thus far, I would like to say thank you for assisting us in preserving this significant Civil War battlefield for future generations to enjoy,” Miller said.

“Our Civil War seminars bring history buffs and leading historians from throughout the United States to Chambersburg, so the opportunity to preserve a battlefield in Franklin County is important to us,” said Cindy Baker, representing the Chamber. “The Monterey Pass battlefield — the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Pennsylvania after Gettysburg — is part of the rich history of Franklin County.”

On July 4 and 5, 1863, about 10,000 soldiers fought in a midnight battle as Confederate soldiers departed Gettysburg after the historic battle there. At Monterey Pass, Union soldiers took more than 1,500 prisoners and destroyed 9 miles of Confederate supply wagons.

The preservation group wants to establish an interpretive center about the Battle of Monterey Pass, Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania and his withdrawal from Pennsylvania after the Battle of Gettysburg. The check presentation occurred at Blue Ridge Lions Club Park near Blue Ridge Summit, where a Civil War Trails marker includes information about the battle.

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