Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 26, 2013

Federal grant to help preserve W.Va. battlefield

Associated Press

BARTOW — The National Park Service is awarding a $46,000 grant to create a preservation plan for the Battle of Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.

The grant received by the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance also will help the group to seek community support to address the future of the Camp Bartow Historic District.

During the October 1861 battle, Union soldiers advanced from Cheat Mountain to survey the Confederate position at Camp Bartow on the Greenbrier River.

The park service says that after sporadic fighting and an abortive attempt to turn his enemy’s right flank, the Union withdrew to Cheat Mountain. The battle is estimated to have killed 80 soldiers.

The federal agency’s American Battlefield Protection Program has awarded more than $14 million since 1996 to preserve and protect significant American battle sites.