McCormick Civil War Institute Fall Seminar

“We Shall Have Graveyards at Every Door”
The Lower Shenandoah Valley’s Border Region during the Civil War

While portions of the Shenandoah Valley such as Winchester experienced frequent occupations by Union and Confederate armies, communities to its south such as Stephens City and Middletown experienced the conflict differently. Situated in the lower Shenandoah Valley’s border region these communities oftentimes sat in a “no-man’s land.” This fall the McCormick Civil War Institute will explore military operations in this border region, operations of irregular troops in the swath of territory between Stephens City and Cedar Creek, and how civilians living in these communities—those who supported the Union, those who favored the Confederacy, and enslaved and free blacks—confronted and coped with the reality of living in a place in a constant state of flux.

Schedule

10-10:30 a.m. Check-in at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
10:30-11:30 a.m. Welcome and lecture by Prof. Jonathan A. Noyalas “Like the Letting Out of Waters”: The Lower Shenandoah Valley on the Civil War’s Eve
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Shenandoah University’s Allen Dining Hall (lunch included with registration)
12:30-4:30 p.m.: Caravan tour of sites including Stephens Run, Nieswangers, Locus Hill, Hull’s Store, Miller’s Mill, Kercheval House Site, St. Thomas Chapel, Jenkins’ cabin, and others.

Registration fee of $25 covers the cost of morning lecture, handouts, lunch, and afternoon guided caravan tour. Carpooling is required for the afternoon tour as mass transportation will not permit access to certain sites. Please use the registration link at the top of this page to register. Space is limited so register early!

Questions about registration can be directed to Prof. Noyalas at jnoyalas01@su.edu or phone 540-665-4501.

Fall Semester Seminar & Tour

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.

Summer Historic Lecture Series

Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center Lecture Series 2019

Held in the Woltz Pavilion

Winchester through 275 years

July 16
1700s in Winchester
Tom Maccubbin on early business life in Winchester through ledger
Gene Fisher on history of the Godfrey Miller Home

July 18
1800s in Winchester
Rebecca Ebert on life before the War Between the States
Keven Walker on life during and after the war

July 23
1900s in Winchester
Trish Ridgeway on benefactors to the area
Judy Humbert on integration in the second half of the century

July 25
2000s in Winchester – Kris Tierney, Frederick County administrator, and Eden Freeman, Winchester city manager, on the present state of the area and future goals

Cost is $10 per person (cash or check) at the door. Proceeds benefit programs at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Door prizes will be given each evening.

(540) 667-5869

www.godfreymillerhome.org

winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Summer Historic Lecture Series

Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center Lecture Series 2019

Held in the Woltz Pavilion

Winchester through 275 years

July 16
1700s in Winchester
Tom Maccubbin on early business life in Winchester through ledger
Gene Fisher on history of the Godfrey Miller Home

July 18
1800s in Winchester
Rebecca Ebert on life before the War Between the States
Keven Walker on life during and after the war

July 23
1900s in Winchester
Trish Ridgeway on benefactors to the area
Judy Humbert on integration in the second half of the century

July 25
2000s in Winchester – Kris Tierney, Frederick County administrator, and Eden Freeman, Winchester city manager, on the present state of the area and future goals

Cost is $10 per person (cash or check) at the door. Proceeds benefit programs at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Door prizes will be given each evening.

(540) 667-5869

www.godfreymillerhome.org

winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Summer Historic Lecture Series

Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center Lecture Series 2019

Held in the Woltz Pavilion

Winchester through 275 years

July 16
1700s in Winchester
Tom Maccubbin on early business life in Winchester through ledger
Gene Fisher on history of the Godfrey Miller Home

July 18
1800s in Winchester
Rebecca Ebert on life before the War Between the States
Keven Walker on life during and after the war

July 23
1900s in Winchester
Trish Ridgeway on benefactors to the area
Judy Humbert on integration in the second half of the century

July 25
2000s in Winchester – Kris Tierney, Frederick County administrator, and Eden Freeman, Winchester city manager, on the present state of the area and future goals

Cost is $10 per person (cash or check) at the door. Proceeds benefit programs at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Door prizes will be given each evening.

(540) 667-5869

www.godfreymillerhome.org

winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Summer Historic Lecture Series

Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center Lecture Series 2019

Held in the Woltz Pavilion

Winchester through 275 years

July 16
1700s in Winchester

Tom Maccubbin on early business life in Winchester through ledger
Gene Fisher on history of the Godfrey Miller Home

July 18
1800s in Winchester
Rebecca Ebert on life before the War Between the States
Keven Walker on life during and after the war

July 23
1900s in Winchester
Trish Ridgeway on benefactors to the area
Judy Humbert on integration in the second half of the century

July 25
2000s in Winchester – Kris Tierney, Frederick County administrator, and Eden Freeman, Winchester city manager, on the present state of the area and future goals

Cost is $10 per person (cash or check) at the door. Proceeds benefit programs at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Door prizes will be given each evening.

(540) 667-5869

www.godfreymillerhome.org

winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Black History Month Talk: Abe Spencer

Learn about the life of Abraham Spencer (about 1806–1873), a free potter of color working in a southern slave economy in the Shenandoah Valley. Son of two enslaved workers emancipated in the early 1800s, Spencer worked with some of the Valley’s most noted potters. Presented by independent scholar and potter Brenda Hornsby Heindl.

Registration required by January 30; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Admission fee applies to visit galleries.

Brenda Hornsby Heindl is an independent scholar. She is a graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and an alumna of Berea College in Kentucky. Her prior work includes head of the Ceramics Department at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Auctions, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the Ceramics and Glass Department at Colonial Williamsburg. In June of 2018 Brenda received a grant from the American Ceramic Circle to research Abraham Spencer and another free potter of color from Georgia, Lucius Jordan. She also lectures and presents workshops on historic ceramics, kilns, and pottery production. As a production potter, she built a wood-firing, salt-glaze kiln in 2012, and uses her studio, Liberty Stoneware, as an outlet for historic ceramics research.