new Civil War campaign

Brent Finnegan -- March 23rd, 2007

You may have read in the DNR or the Breeze recently about the controversy surrounding JMU’s plans to turn 16 acres of the Turner Ashby battlefield into athletic fields. Sons of Confederate Veterans requested that Gov. Kaine preserve the land as a state park. JMU says that they are currently assessing the historical and archaeological value of the site, while moving ahead with plans for the fields.

Recently I came across this blog. Apparently, Jonathan White of Augusta plans to make like its 1862, and walk the route that Stonewall’s Brigade took during the Valley campaign, in order to raise money to “save the land for future generations.” He’s wondering if the local media will cover it.

8 Responses to “new Civil War campaign”

  1. Del Marvel says:

    How can they say they’re “assessing the historical and archaeological value of the site?” It seemed to me the last time I drove by there they had already started construction.

  2. zen says:

    I wonder what would happen if someone in the GA told the Sons of Confederate Veterans to “get over it.”

  3. finnegan says:

    Ha! I’m guessing at least several members of the GA are members of/associated with SCV.

  4. Frank Witt says:

    go ahead and read the letter to the editor in today’s DNR about the relationship with slavery. Is this fact?

  5. The author of that article makes a good point,really, if indeed it is fact.

  6. Del Marvel says:

    What fact is it that you are questioning? That one of the reasons the south was fighting was to preserve the institution of slavery?

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