Civil War Sesquicentennial
1864 Shenandoah Valley Sesquicentennial Events
In 2014, The National Park Service, the Key Partners, and many organizations throughout the Shenandoah Valley will commemorate the 150th anniversary of that year with a series of engaging and enlightening programs that will allow you to walk in history’s footsteps, at the actual battlefields and sites where the pivotal events took place. Make your plans now to be part of this series of events.
National Park Service Sesquicentennial Outreach Programs
July 18, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Cool Springs
July 20, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Rutherford's Farm
July 24, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Second Kernstown
September 3, 2014 - "OnThis Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Berryville
September 19, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Third Winchester
October 9, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Tom's Brook
Details and schedules TBA
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Sesquicentennial Events
Tentative Event Schedule for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek
Friday, October 17, 2014
Signal Knob Interpretive Hike (National Park Service)
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Living History Programs (Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Belle Grove)*
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Real-time Interpretive Programs (National Park Service)
Monday, October 20, 2014
Ramseur Monument Re-dedication (National Park Service organized)
Schedule subject to change
Key Partner Sesquicentennial Information
Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation's Sesquicentennial Events
Eight counties in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia have been designated as a National Heritage Area - The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District - which preserves and interprets the region's significant Civil War battlefields and related historic sites. The effort is led by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, which works with partners to preserve the hollowed ground of the Valley's Civil War battlefields, and to share its Civil War story with the nation.
In 2014, the National Heritage Area's many sites will commemorate the 150th anniversary of 1864 with a series of engaging and enlightening programs. Please visit Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Sesquicentennial Events Page.
2014 Sesquicentennial Conference: "The War Returns to the Valley, 1864"
"May God Forgive Me for the Order": The War Returns to the Valley, 1864
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market, Virginia
Shenandoah Valley Partner Information
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park
Where 257 Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute made the difference between victory and defeat...
On May 16, 17 and 18, 2014 the Battle of New Market Reenactment is a unique historical experience taking place on the original 1864 battlefield.
Kernstown Battlefield Association
2014 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown
Did You Know?
Two future U.S. presidents fought at the Battle of Cedar Creek: Col. Rutherford B. Hayes and Capt. William McKinley. Hayes was promoted to brigadier general for his services at the battle and was elected president in 1876. McKinley won his bid for the White House in 1896.