Crossroads of History Conference

Atlanta, the Valley, and the Crossroads of History:
The Battles and Leaders That Influenced Lincoln’s Reelection in 1864

In August 1864, the outcome of the Civil War hung in the balance, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for reelection looked doubtful – until a series of pivotal battles around Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley helped propel Lincoln to victory. Led by historians Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan, this conference will examine those events – and the fights and personalities that changed the course of history.

8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am: Lincoln’s Jeopardized Election Status in Summer 1864 – Gary Ecelbarger
10am: The Battle of Atlanta – Unheralded Turning Point – Gary Ecelbarger
11am: The Battle of Jonesboro and Sherman’s Capture of Atlanta – Scott Patchan
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:15 pm: Black Jack Logan’s 6 Months of Unprecedented Political Generalship – Gary Ecelbarger
2:15 pm: Phil Sheridan’s Leadership at the Battle of Cedar Creek: From Union Disaster to Icing on the Cake – Scott Patchan
3:15 pm: Final Actions of the Third Battle of Winchester – Tour in Old Town Winchester – Scott Patchan

The cost will be $27 for SVBF members; $30 for non-members. Lunch will be on your own. Space will be limited, and pre-registration is required.

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For more information, call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.


Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Conference

The Forgotten Valley: Overlooked Civil War Stories in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s 2019 Valley Conference will focus on fascinating but overlooked stories that deserve more attention, from lesser-known stories of the famous to moving accounts of everyday people caught up in the four years of fury. The conference will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester, and will features speakers Eric Buckland, Gary L. Ecelbarger, Dennis Frye, Catherine Mägi, Scott C. Patchan, Keven M. Walker, and Eric J. Wittenberg.

For more information and registration, call: 540-740-4545. Pre-registration is required.

8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am – Dennis Frye and Catherine Mägi – Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny
10am – Gary L. Ecelbarger – Stonewalling Jackson: The Unheralded Counter Campaign of Winter 1862
11am – Eric J. Wittenberg – The Battle of Wapping Heights: Lost Opportunity, July 23, 1863
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:00 pm – Scott C. Patchan – Germans in the Valley: Col. Augustus Moor and the 28th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Piedmont
2:00 pm: Eric Buckland – Mosby’s Rangers: Playing Outside of the Box
3:00 pm: Keven M. Walker – “We shall never be the same”: The Soldiers Who Gave Their Last Full Measure and the Ones They Left Behind

Cost: $30 per person; $27 for SVBF Members

Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference

“A House Divided…”: Dissent, Disagreement & Subversion During the Civil War Era

The Civil War era’s events–John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, the secession crisis, and four years of brutal conflict–divided more than North and South. In the spring of 2019 Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and an all-star faculty of nationally recognized Civil War historians (Dennis Frye; recently retired chief historian from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute; Paul Quigley, director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech; and Jennifer Weber, associate professor of history at University of Kansas) will examine the ways the Civil War era’s events strained relations among political officials of the same government, soldiers of the same army, communities, and friends.

Schedule of Day’s Activities

8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University (1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA)

9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas, “Take Off Your Badges of Disunion”: Dissent in the Shenandoah Valley

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. Dennis Frye, John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the Fuse

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch in Allen Dining Hall

12:45-1:45 p.m. Jennifer Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2-3:00 p.m. Paul Quigley, Fire in the Rear: Jefferson Davis’s Confederate Adversaries

3-3:10 p.m. Break

3:10-4:00 p.m. Concluding panel and book-signing with speakers

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

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