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NO. R-247. JOINT RESOLUTION TO URGING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOT TO APPROVE HIGHWAY PROJECTS THAT WOULD FURTHER DAMAGE THE HISTORIC CEDAR CREEK BATTLEFIELD.

(J.R.S. 103)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County.

Whereas, more than 50,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were engaged in the important Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek that was fought on October 19, 1864, and

Whereas, more Vermont units fought in this battle than in any other Civil War engagement, and

Whereas, the little 8th Vermont Regiment, commanded by Stephen Thomas, under attack by men in the commands of Bryan Grimes, William Terry and William Peck, lost nearly two-thirds of its men in an heroic early morning stand on a ridgetop above Cedar Creek, and

Whereas, a monument erected by the veterans of the 8th Vermont Regiment has long stood on that hallowed ground, and

Whereas, word has reached Vermont that highway expansion could jeopardize the area in which the Vermonters made their stand, and

Whereas, any future highway expansion near the junction of Interstate Highways 81 and 66 could further damage the Cedar Creek Battlefield that is so important to all Americans, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly respectfully requests the powers that be in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government to prevent further highway encroachment on the fragile, important and beautiful Cedar Creek Battlefield, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor of Virginia, the Virginia Commissioner of Transportation, the U. S. Secretary of Transportation and to the members of Vermont's Congressional Delegation.