March 19, 2013
The Honorable Robert McDonnell
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Dear Governor McDonnell,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Members of the Princeton Battlefield Society I am encouraging you to fully support the Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park and their work to preserve 72 acres and 2 historic batteries currently separating two sections of the Fort Monroe National Monument. As a national treasure, Fort Monroe’s long and distinguished history needs to be preserved and protected not only for residents of your State but for all Americans.
The Princeton Battlefield Society is currently battling the construction of faculty housing which will destroy Maxwell Field, the area from which George Washington rallied his Continental troops and defeated British Regulars. We believe that heritage is much more important than housing and are dedicated to fight the desecration of this part of the Princeton Battlefield. The mission of the Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park is as critical to our American past as is our own fight here in New Jersey.
All of us need to commit to the preservation of our American history, and we as representatives of our Revolutionary War heritage wish to support, and urge you to support as well, the Citizens in protecting the historical importance of all of the land representative of Fort Monroe as a national monument.
William R. Marsch
Trustee and On behalf of the Board
and Members of the Princeton Battlefield Society