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Berkeley County establishes first battlefield park

By Tom Markland, The Journal

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Hoke’s Run, the site of one of the very first battles of the Civil War, is being preserved for the first time as part of a partnership between the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) and several Berkeley County agencies.

The 10-acre site is in Hedgesville, on the 1200 block of Saint Andrew’s Drive, just off of West Virginia 901. It’s currently being worked on by Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation, which is adding walking trails, a playground and other infrastructure.

“This is just the beginning of some future things that are going to happen here in Berkeley County,” said Berkeley County Commissioner Steve Catlett, who spoke at an announcement celebrating the conservation easement.

According to Gary Gimbel, president of the Falling Waters Battlefield Association, the site is significant for not just the county but for the entire country. It saw the first invasion of the South during the start of the Civil War, as well as the first engagement for many big names like Jeb Stuart and Stonewall Jackson, who was just a colonel at the time.

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