Take action today to save Monocacy National Battlefield

If you are a Maryland resident, please urge your state legislators to oppose the proposed waste to energy (WTE) incinerator in Frederick County, particularly its proximity to the Monocacy National Battlefield (NB).

A sample letter appears below. To send the letter, you may need to log into your personal Civil War Trust account. If you do not have an account, fill in your contact information below. As always, we ask that you keep your comments polite and respectful.

Your letter will be sent to Commission President Blaine Young and the general County Commissioner contact.

Thank you for speaking out for the preservation of Monocacy!

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  • Frederick County Commissioners
  • Civil War Trust
  • Blaine Young

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Message

Save Monocacy National Battlefield

Dear President Young and Frederick County Commissioners,

As a Maryland resident, I write today in opposition to the proposed waste to energy (WTE) incinerator in Frederick County, particularly its proximity to the Monocacy National Battlefield (NB). I ask you to oppose plans to locate this facility near the battlefield, one of America's most hallowed grounds.

On these fields 150 years ago, soldiers in blue and gray consecrated this land with their blood in a fight that would become known as the "Battle that Saved Washington." Although much land associated with the battle has been preserved, Monocacy NB remains extremely vulnerable to development. In 2013, Maryland Life magazine listed the national park as one of the 10 most endangered sites in Maryland, primarily based on the potential impact of the incinerator. Constructing a facility of this scale adjacent to the historic core of the battlefield and within a few hundred feet of the park's most popular trail system would erode the visitor experience, degrade the memory of those who fought and died here, and irreparably scar these hallowed grounds.

This costly endeavor has been discussed and opposed for years, and I urge you to do everything possible to avoid construction of the facility. Aside from the viewshed impacts created by a massive warehouse and 275-foot smokestack that would be visible from nearly every corner of the park, the incinerator would have noise and environmental impacts that would diminish the integrity and importance of the park as a national tourist destination. In 2011, the park hosted 36,000-plus visitors who contributed more than $2.5 million dollars and 33 new jobs to the local economy. Leaders in Frederick County should recognize the unique value of having a national park in the area and do everything possible to prevent construction of the incinerator at the proposed location.

As this year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, now more than ever we must not allow this harmful development so close to the battlefield. Your opposition to this proposal will do much to prevent its construction directly atop this endangered historic treasure. Thank you for your consideration on this important matter.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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