Saving Turner Ashby’s Skirmish Sites
The D.H. Lee Martz Camp No. 10 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is asking James Madison University to donate land close to the Turner Ashby monument as part of a concerted effort to preserve the general’s
battle skirmish sites. The land in question is a lane which leads to the monument that marks the spot where Ashby was shot on June 6, 1862 The land would be donated to the commonwealth for the proposed Harrisonburg Battlefield State Park, which according to the SCV will enhance Jackson’s Valley Campaign.
According to this article Harrisonburg officials no nothing about this request for land nor are they aware of any effort to create a state park. This looks like a case of trying to drum up popular support by potentially making JMU look like the bad guy for failing to immediately hand over land in the name of another "chivalrous" Confederate general. I think all Confederate generals embody this trait.
Let’s see, keep the land and use it to help expand a decent university in the Shenandoah Valley or give it to the SCV. Ahh…tough one.