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The deadliest battle on West Virginia soil. The fight on the banks of the Potomac River at Shepherdstown is often overshadowed by the horrifically bloody events at Antietam that preceded it. But during the battle of Shepherdstown 156 years ago, the Union Army lost the chance to cut off the retreating Confederates and deliver a truly decisive blow, prolonging the Civil War by years. 625 soldiers lost their lives in the two-day battle. Today, the historic battlefield is preserved from encroaching development thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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