07 April 2008 by Published in: Battlefield preservation 3 comments

Hat tip to Randy Drais for bringing this to my attention:

The Emmitsburg, Maryland Historical Society is apparently one of the sponsors of a new battlefield advocacy group, the Monterey Pass Battlefield Association. The Battle of Monterey Pass has always been a favorite engagement of mine. I’ve written about it at length, first in an article that appeared in North and South magazine, then in my editing of James H. Kidd’s various writings, and then again at length in One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863.

Here’s the description of the group’s mission statement from the website:

Our goal is to identify & raise awareness to educate the public about the historical Civil War significance of the Monterey Area.

I think it’s an admirable goal, and I intend to join the organization and do what I can to promote its objectives. John Buford’s cavalry marched through the Pass on its way to Gettysburg, and most of the Army of Northern Virginia used the Pass during the retreat from Gettysburg. The battle on the night of July 4-5, 1863 was one of the most significant actions of the Gettysburg Campaign, both for what it was, an also for what it could have been.

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  1. Rick Allen
    Wed 09th Apr 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I’m in favor of anything that produces more Emack groupies.


  2. Wed 09th Apr 2008 at 9:37 pm


    That works for me. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Alicia
    Wed 06th Aug 2008 at 3:27 pm

    The battlefield of Monterey has always been my personal favorite civil war engagement and one that I hold close to my heart, being a local to the area. I think that what John Miller is doing for with the Monterey Pass Battlefield Association is very admirable and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit for putting this area back on the map and at the front of historical preservation. I am sure that it has been no easy task and I salute him for his efforts and intend to support him in his endeavors. Thank you gentlemen for including this information on your blog!

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