Second Battle of Kernstown Tour

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a special tour.

The tour will be a combination walking and driving tour, given by noted historian and author Scott Patchan.

In addition to gaining a solid understanding of this battle, an understanding of the overall Shenandoah Valley campaign of the summer of 1864 will be provided.

Docents will also be giving tours of the 1854 Pritchard House and Museum and Artillery Annex. The Gift Shop also will be open.

Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference


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 for a special discount code)

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

First Battle of Kernstown Tour


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.

Heritage Day

Celebrate women’s history month and the centennial of Women’s Suffrage at this free genealogy-focused event featuring tables hosted by historical societies and research organizations and two lectures. At 10:30 a.m., Library of Virginia exhibitions coordinator Barbara Batson will discuss the challenges and opportunities tracing women’s history in the presentation “Where are the Women?” and at noon, MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers and MSV Registrar and Collections Manager Lauren Fleming will discuss preserving and protecting textiles. Heritage Day will also include free drawings for prizes from Ancestry®.

Heritage Day activities are free to all. Lecture seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets available beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. MSV admission fee applies to visit the galleries. For more information call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Presented in partnership with Handley Regional Library’s Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. Snow date: March 14.


George Washington’s Birthday Cocktail Party

The French and Indian War Foundation of Winchester invites you to join in the celebration of the 288th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday. The Father of our country began his career in Winchester in 1748 at the age of 16 as a surveyor’s assistant for Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax.
Join Col. James Wood, founder of Winchester, and others in toasting George Washington.

A free event, all welcome

*There will be a choice of fantastic appetizers for $15 a plate if you so desire.
Cash Bar

Lunch and Learn: Civil Rights in Virginia

Learn about the Civil Rights Movement and school desegregation in Winchester with historian Judy Humbert. An author, Humbert is a 1965 graduate of Douglas School, Winchester’s African American high school during the days of segregation. Bring your lunch and spend an hour with an expert!

MSV members: $5; all others: $12 (includes admission, beverages & cookies). Pre-register by February 19; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

Photo: Douglas High School students, 1965–1966, Judy Humbert Collection, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.

George Washington’s Office Museum Open House

The George Washington’s Office Museum at 32 W. Cork Street will host an Open House on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17. Free admission to the museum is available from noon-4 pm. Since the kids will be out of school, bring them to the museum for some fun and history!

Did you know that George Washington used this little log building as a military office from September 1755 to December 1756 while he managed the construction of Fort Loudoun? Learn about this and more of George Washington’s time in Winchester at the museum.