The Civil War Trust has just sent out a fundraising appeal to obtain the money to purchase important ground on the South Mountain battlefield. The property being acquired is not the property where the 17th Michigan Infantry historical marker is located. Information is that the marker is already on federally protected land, north of the Reno Monument Road. The 45 acres the CWT is buying is the tract immediately to the east of this protected land, still also north of the Road.
Although the acquisition is not for the property where Michigan's marker stands now, after being moved from its former location on the Appalachian Trail, it should be obvious to all Michiganders that supporting the Trust's purchase of the 45-acre parcel is well worthy of their hard-earned cash. Every little bit can help, as the goal is a pretty big one for such a 'small' conflict.
The setting here is beautiful. Along the west of the mountaintop is a woodline where the Trail runs north and south, in which can be found the remnants of the stone wall that the Michigan troops had to take. Just to the east of that is an open field where the marker stands, with trees encircling the plot. Then, to the east of that is the target property, now almost completely treed ... until someone comes along to develop it. And that would not be a good thing.
The Michigan boys' story is ably told in two recent books, John Hoptack's The Battle of South Mountain, published by The History Press, and Brian Matthew Jordan's Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain, published by Savas Beatie. Both are well worthy of an investment. And whether or not you've been able to acquire those, it's not beyond your duty to help the Trust's acquisition.
Go here for more details and for how to donate: CWT: SO MTN