The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce donated $1,000 to the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. on Wednesday, August 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 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.”
“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 45 1863, more than seven soldiers fought in a midnight battle as Confederate soldiers departed Gettysburg after the historic battle there. At Monterey Pass, Union General Judson Kilpatrick and his soldiers took more than 1,500 prisoners and destroyed nine 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.