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

Dog Agility Trials

The Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club hosts these agility trials. New this year, the dogs will be competing in dock jumping.

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.

More information and registration

Exploring Your Civil War Roots

Join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry.

The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1-4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

Cost: Free

Exploring Your Civil War Roots

Join Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Chairman Nicholas Picerno, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Staff, and volunteers in an opportunity to explore your Civil War Ancestry.

The public is invited to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia, from 1-4 PM. We will conduct free, live research while you wait. Any questions please email: cdalton@svbf.net.

Cost: Free

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.