Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO APRIL 10, 2021.

The Civil War on the Water

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Check-in at Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium, Shenandoah University
9:15-9:40 a.m.: Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Unveiling of “So Much to Say”: The Civil War Letters of Corporal Robert Bradbury, Battery D, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery
9:40-10:40 a.m.: Jonathan A. Noyalas (Shenandoah University), “The Eagle Cowering to the Feet of the Lion”: The Trent Affair and the Freedom of the Seas
10:40-10:50 a.m.: Break
10:50-11:50 a.m.: Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University), Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War
11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch in Allen Dining Hall
1-2 p.m.: Anna Gibson Holloway (SEARCH), Raising the Merrimack: Rescuing the Memory of a Civil War Vessel
2-2:10 p.m.: Break
2:10-3:10 p.m.: John Coski (American Civil War Museum), Commander Hunter Davidson: The Travels, Travails, Triumphs, and Tribulations of a Naval Life
3:10-3:25 p.m.: Break and Book Raffle
3:25-4:00 p.m.: Karen Needles (The Lincoln Archives Digital Project), Bringing Federal Records Online: Prize Cases During the Civil War
4-4:15 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

Registration fee of $50 covers cost of all presentations and lunch.

$25 for students with valid identification (please note students who wish to register must first email jnoyalas01@su.edu for a special discount code)

For questions about the conference, contact Jonathan Noyalas at jnoyalas01@su.edu or 540-665-4501.

First Battle of Kernstown Tour

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Join us for a detailed docent tour of the First Battle of Kernstown, led by historians Michael Cannane and Larry Turner.

This tour will be a combination of walking and driving.

In addition to gaining a solid understanding of this battle, an understanding of the overall campaign for early 1862 will be provided.

Free. Registration not required.

First Battle of Kernstown Commemorative Walking Tour

Learn about the Civil War’s First Battle of Kernstown (March 23, 1862) during this walking tour that takes place at the Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm and the MSV’s Rose Hill Park. Led by author and historian Gary Ecelbarger, the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Kernstown Battlefield, breaks for lunch at 11:30 a.m., then reconvenes at Rose Hill Park at 1 p.m.

Free. Registration not required. Presented in partnership with the Kernstown Battlefield Association. Pritchard-Grim Farm: 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester; Rose Hill Park: 1871 Jones Road, Winchester.

Gary Ecelbarger is the author of numerous nineteenth-century non-fiction works including The Day Dixie Died: The Battle of Atlanta, and “We are in for it!”: The First Battle of Kernstown. He has also published biographies of Civil War generals “Black Jack” Logan and Frederick W. Lander, as well as military histories of the Shenandoah Valley campaign. Ecelbarger is a leading authority of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley and has been consulted frequently for historical interpretations of Civil War battlefields in the Valley. Gary Ecelbarger is also a Lincoln scholar and divides his research and touring time between the Rockies and Revolutionary War sites.

“Star Fort: Its Past, Present, and Future”

A talk presented by Jack Owens, Resource Management Associate with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

This talk will discuss the history of the earthwork, events and individuals involving the fort, the fortifications post war history, other Winchester earthworks, the preservation of the Star Fort and the future of the Fort. Jack is a student at Lord Fairfax Community College and plans to transfer to Shenandoah University to study History. A rising star within the SVBF, Jack has been instrumental in the development and interpretation of Star Fort. Residing nearby, he has become uniquely knowledgeable about the fascinating history of the fort.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia
20 N. Loudoun Street on the downtown walking mall in Winchester. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

 

History at Sunset

Tommy, Charlie, and the Kidd: General Wesley Merritt’s Cavalry at Cedar Creek

By 1864, the Union cavalry was superior to the Confederate cavalry for several reasons: better horses, more firepower, and aggressive, enthusiastic leadership. Cavalry division commander Gen. Wesley Merritt and his three brigade commanders were well-trained, experienced leaders who expected to win every combat action. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to follow Merritt’s division from the Union right flank all the way to its counterattack position on the Union left flank during the battle of Cedar Creek.

Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).

155th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek

Join spectators and reenactors for a commemoration of the largest Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley held on the original battlegrounds in Middletown, VA. Battles on Saturday and Sunday. Military, civilian, and living history camps. Unique gifts, crafts, food vendors, educational demonstrations and programs, music, and more. Sunday church services. Easy and convenient parking.

Two battles (one Cavalry and one full compliment) on Saturday
One battle on Sunday

Event site located just of I-81 on US 11 just south of Middletown. Proceeds benefit preservation of the Cedar Creek Battlefield. Hosted by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.

Ticket Pricing:
Adult tickets for one day are $12.00 per person per day.
Senior Citizen, Students aged 7-17 and Law Enforcement are $6.00.
Children 6 and under are free.
Retired and Active Military with ID are $6.00.

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation does not offer weekend passes. For groups of 20 or more, call in advance for ticket prices and arrangements.

Please be aware of amended rules and regulations for this year’s event. More information here.

(540) 869-2064
info@ccbf.us

North-South Skirmish Association: Fall National Competition

The N-SSA is the country’s oldest and largest Civil War shooting sports organization with over 3,200 individuals that make up its 200 member units. Each unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago.

Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind in the United States.

N-SSA members come from all over the country to Fort Shenandoah each fall for this National Competition. Competitions, called “skirmishes”, where participating teams shoot at breakable targets in several timed events. The teams with the lowest cumulative times win medals or other awards. Women participate along with the men in all events. There are also competitions for authenticity of Civil War period dress, both military and civilian, as well as lectures on topics of interest.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. For more information, visit the N-SSA web site at: www.n-ssa.org.

 

 

Battle of Third Winchester Commemoration

On September 21st the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will be hosting a day of free programs commemorating the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester.

Programs will range from a series of stationary programs at different battlefield sites, visitor center grand opening, monument dedication, living history, kids camps, and artillery demonstrations.

Schedule:
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
“Vortex of Battle”: The West Woods – Jeff Felton (SVBF)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Living History at Star Fort

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Grand Opening of Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
“The Earth Seemed to Tremble”: Huntsberry Farm and the Middle Field – Nick Picerno (SVBF)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Star Fort Kids Camp

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Dedication of Alabama Monument – Remarks by Robert K. Krick

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
“The Very Air Was Made to Groan”: Battle’s Attack in the Middle Field – Scott Patchan

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cannon Demonstrations Star Fort

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
“A Continuous, Deafening Wail of Musketry”: Crook’s Attack Across Red Bed Run – Scott Patchan

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
“Like a Thousand Bricks”: Cavalry Attacks at Third Winchester – Peter Dalton

7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Preserving a Battlefield – Third Winchester – Nick Picerno

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