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‘Battle of Berryville’ to be Nominated for Study

28 September 2019 Clarke County News

September 28, 2019

BERRYVILLE – The Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission has proposed nominating the Battle of Berryville Battlefield for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Commission will host an informational meeting on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center. Residents will have the chance to learn more about why the Battlefield is being nominated and ask questions regarding the nomination.

The 7,000 plus acre area is home to many agricultural sites and property owners. The nomination into the National Register of Historic Places will not affect those who own land on the Battlefield. The placement is strictly honorary according to a press release from the CCHPC, and the process of entering into the National Register will allow the Commission to study the area and provide even more information to landowners regarding the value of their property.

The Historic Preservation Commission will apply for a grant from the American Battlefields Protection Program of the National Parks Service to cover the costs of researching the area and completing the VDHR nomination application.

The Battle of Berryville took place in 1864 and was the opening of the “Valley Campaign” during the United States Civil War. An estimated 11,000 men fought with over 500 casualties. The battle ended in a draw and was a precursor to the Third Battle of Winchester which was a decisive victory for Union Forces.

The Federal Advisory Commission on Civil War Sites lists the Battle of Berryville as one of the most significant battles of the Civil War.

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