The Kernstown Battlefield will host a walking and driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown, stopping at key battle locations on and around the battlefield property.
The Second Battle of Kernstown was one of the most lopsided defeats suffered by the Union in its Valley of Humiliation throughout the war and avenged Stonewall Jackson’s only defeat at the scene of the action. Come and learn more about the battle that saw 1,200 Union soldiers become casualties while Jubal Early’s Confederates lost only 200 men in what Virginia Sergeant John Worsham called the “most easily won victory” of the war.
Accomplished Civil War author Scott Patchan, known for his books, “Shenandoah Summer” and “Last Battle of Winchester”, will lead the tour. While there is no cost for the tour, your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.
The tour will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the battlefield Visitors Center where Scott will provide an overview of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and explain how Southern General Jubal A. Early ended up facing off against Union commander General George Crook at Kernstown on July 24, 1864.
After the overview, we will move to several areas of the historic battlefield throughout the Kernstown and Stephens City area. Weather permitting, anticipated tour stops include Newtown (Stephens City), Bartonville, Sandy Ridge, Opequon Church, Middle Road, Pritchard’s Hill and Lane, and the location of General John C. Breckinridge’s flank attack on the east side of I-81.
This boots on the ground tour will take us to Sandy Ridge to explore the seldom seen location where Crook’s misreading of the situation nearly caused the destruction of Col. Joseph Thoburn’s division at the hands of North Carolina General Stephen D. Ramseur. The pinnacle of the tour will occur in Pritchard’s Lane, where the popular Irish leader from Chicago, Col. James A. Mulligan, lost his life battling against Georgia General John B. Gordon and his men. We will conclude the day with a wrap up of the outcome of the battle and its impact on the progress of the war.
Depending on the length of the tour, we may break for lunch. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, proper clothing for the weather, and water.
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