The National Park Service is going to study the feasibility of a national military park in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Battle of Shepherdstown, or Boteler’s Ford, of course ended the Maryland Campaign of 1862. According to the May 3 press release:
The primary focus of this study will be on battlefield lands located about one mile southeast of Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Most of these lands are privately owned. Some of the battlefield is also located in Washington County, Maryland on lands managed by the C&O Canal National Historical Park and nearby privately-owned farmlands that include special easements.
The study will obtain information from professional historians and the general public during the information gathering stage of this project, planned for this summer and fall 2011, and then again when the draft study alternatives are presented.
Given the urban sprawl in West Virginia and Washington County, Maryland I would say this is a wise decision. More here.