SHAF Work Day, October 23, 2021

October 22, 2021

SHAF Work Day Saturday, Oct. 23 9:00 until 4:00. Same location as Spring, Reel farm across from the Park entrance. PLEASE park in the grass on the Poffenberger tract across the Pike from the temporary VC. Bring gloves, water, tools, dress for the weather, cancelled if heavy rain. Call 301-331-3877 for questions.

SHAF Annual Meeting Link

September 28, 2021

Greetings SHAF members!

Below is the link for our September 29 Zoom annual meeting.  If you don’t have Zoom, the link should direct you to download it or better yet, install the software ahead of time from the Zoom website. Please use the audio only option when opening Zoom.  This will save bandwidth for the Tom and the other presenters during the meeting.  There is a comment and question session at the end.  We hope to see many of you attending.  

During the meeting, members will get the chance to bid on this donated bowl, handmade from an Antietam battlefield tree. The regular price is $250. Bidding will begin at $200. SHAF will pay for shipping.

Tom Clemens is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Sep 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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SHAF Annual Meeting Update

August 31, 2021

Greetings SHAF members!

            Your Board of Directors spent considerable time this summer planning for an annual membership meeting this fall, since we were unable to meet last spring. We made a lot of plans;  a speaker on an interesting aspect of the MD Campaign, some great raffle items, books for sale, a battlefield walk to show you the property we just bought, etc. Unfortunately, the Washington County positivity rate for Covid 19 is over 8% and we are the second largest “hot spot” in Maryland for this disease. Under these circumstances we just could not endanger everyone’s health by having a large gathering, even in a barn!

            We would like to hear from you, and to hold some kind of meeting, and are thinking about doing on-line meeting via Zoom. We could at least show you pictures of the property, maybe do an on-line silent auction of some goodies, elect a board for the coming year, etc. We propose doing this on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. We will try to keep it short, and will definitely allow time for comments, questions, etc. (If you don’t have Zoom software, it is free and safe. We will send you a link to click on, and the rest is easy.)

            Our progress towards the $15,000. Matching grant for the purchase of the house on Harpers Ferry Road is going well, but we aren’t there yet. Please, if you haven’t already donated towards this purchase, please do so soon. Thank you!

            We also hope to share some more good news with you soon.

Save Historic Antietam Foundation Buys Battlefield Land at Antietam

July 30, 2021


Save Historic Antietam Foundation buys battlefield land at Antietam.

Contact: Tom Clemens   301-432-2522

     For the first time in the preservation history of the Antietam Battlefield, a non-profit organization has acquired core battlefield land along the historic Harpers Ferry Road.

     The Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. (SHAF) announces acquisition of a one-half acre house lot approximately one-half mile south of Sharpsburg for $132,000.

     “We’ve been targeting this battlefield sector as prime for preservation for some time,” said SHAF president Dr. Tom Clemens. “This site presented an ideal opportunity.” 

     Purchase of the non-historic house and adjoining property is all the more important because the ground lies outside the national park boundary.

     “We are not confined by an artificial Congressional boundary,” commented Clemens. “This is prime battlefield land. The battle did not start or end at a paper boundary.”

     The site is high ground that overlooks the final assault of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s attack on the afternoon of September 17, 1862. Confederates under Gen. A. P. Hill stopped Burnside’s advance, saving General Lee’s army from defeat.

     “Southern artillery from New Orleans occupied the position we purchased,” remarked Clemens.  “From this high ground Confederate cannoneers could pound Burnside’s assault.”

     Clemens announced SHAF will be fundraising to pay for the property.

     “An anonymous donor who has supported SHAF’s cause from the outset has offered a one-for-one match. We raise $15,000; the donor matches with $15,000,” said Clemens. “We’re up for the challenge.”

     Clemens expects grants from other battlefield preservation sources to cover the bulk of the funding.

     “SHAF is well-known, well-respected and well-linked in the battlefield preservation community,” Clemens noted. “SHAF has supported other non-profits at Antietam, donating tens of thousands toward other acquisitions. This time, they will support SHAF.”

     For anyone interested in donating toward the $15,000 matching grant challenge, please visit the SHAF Facebook page or the SHAF web page. Donations can also be made through the Community Foundation of Washington County on their website, and may be tax deductible.

Here is the view from the property and location on the Carman map. 

Recap of March 13, 2021 SHAF Work Day

March 20, 2021

Members and volunteers of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation completed their first work day of 2021 on property owned by the American Battlefield Trust, who allowed us to do the work. The group, which included students from Boonsboro High School’s Rho Kappa History Society and members of the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry (Duryee’s Zouaves), cleared trees, fence lines, and rock ledges on property known during the Battle of Antietam as Reel Ridge.

Reel Ridge served as a Confederate artillery position throughout the battle and was also the location of the Army of Northern Virginia’s final line on the evening of September 17, 1862.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our efforts!

Dennis Frye, Ken Derrenbacher, Mike Chancey, and Boonsboro High School students during the work day

A view of the improved sight line