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    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

    National Historical Park Virginia

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.

Press Release: Special National Park Service Programs to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign

 

National Park Service Sesquicentennial Outreach Programs

June 5, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Piedmont (4:00 pm)
Part of a series of special "On This Day" tours commemorating the Valley's Civil War battles on the exact date of their 150th Anniversary. This car caravan tour of key sites related to the June 5, 1864, battle will be led by National Park Service Ranger Jeff Driscoll, following the course of the battle across the breathtaking rolling landscapes of Augusta County. Presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. The tour will begin at Grand Caverns, 5 Grand Caverns Dr., Grottoes. 4:00 - 6:00 Free. For information, theder@svbf.net, 540-740-4545. Because of space limitations, registration will be by vehicle, with the number of vehicles limited. One vehicle per-registration. Carpooling is encouraged. Register Here.

July 18, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Cool Springs (4:00 pm)
Part of a series of special "On This Day" 150th Anniversary tours commemorating the Valley's Civil War battles. This car caravan tour of key sites related to the July 18, 1864, will be led byProfessor Jonathan Noyalas and National Park Service Ranger Shannon Moeck. Co-sponsored by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University, Clarke County Historical Association and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Meet at the gift shop at Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey - 901 Cool Spring Lane Berryville, Virginia 22611. After completing the tour on the river's west side, the tour will then caravan to the east side of the Shenandoah River. Free program from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more information contact shannon_moeck@nps.gov or 540-869-3051.

July 20, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour - Battle of Rutherford's Farm (4:00 pm)
Meet at 4:00 pm at the Civil War Trails markers plaza, Rutherford Crossing Shopping Center, east of I-81 (Exit 317), Martinsburg Pike (VA Route 11), Winchester, VA 22602.

July 24, 2014 - "On This Day" Anniversary Tour Battle of Second Kernstown (4:00 pm)
Join Ranger Kyle Rothemich at the Kernstown Battlefield on July 24th 2014, as he will be taking visitors on a special "On this Day" battlefield tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown. To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the battle, Ranger Kyle will be leading a free 90 minute walking tour. This battle was the pinnacle of Confederate General Jubal Early's successes in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, and with this Confederate victory, ushered in a new Union commander, Philip Sheridan. With the appointment of Sheridan, Early's fate was sealed in the coming months. Meet Ranger Kyle at 4:00 pm for this free program at the Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, Virginia). After the program, the Kernstown Battlefield Association will be opening the Pritchard-Grim House, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with this restored antebellum mansion. Any questions, please contact Kyle at Kyle_Rothemich@nps.gov or call Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park at 540-869-3051.

August 16, 2014 -"On This Day" Battle of Guard Hill AnniversaryTour (4:00 pm)
Presented by the Warren Heritage Society (101 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA 22630). This clash between Confederate reinforcements sent to the Valley and Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt's Union cavalry occurred along the Shenandoah River near Front Royal. This program willconsist of an introductory lecture, followed by a car caravan tour. For information, 540-636-0702, www.warrenheritagesociety.org

September 3, 2014 - "On ThisDay" Battle of Berryville Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm)
Park Ranger Eric Campbell will examine this critical, but often overlooked, engagement that occurred during the "Waltz." Following the appointment of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan to command the of the Shenandoah Valley in early August, a period of maneuver between his forces and the Confederates under Lt. Gen. Jubal Early occurred throughout the northern Valley. This six week period involved lots of marching, deployments and skirmishes, but little intense fighting. The engagement at Berryville was an exception and it influenced the major campaign that began later that month. Meet for this two-hour car caravan tour at the Clarke County Recreation Area, West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.

September 19 - Battle of Third Winchester 150th Anniversary Ranger Station Programs (12:00 – 4:00pm)
National Park Service Rangers will provide interpretation at key points (such as Middle Field, Stephenson'sDepot, Star Fort and others) on the battlefield. Follow the path of the battle chronologically through this series of timed programs to learn more about each pivotal point, from the beginning of the battle at the east end of Berryville Canyon to its climax "whirlingthrough Winchester." Visitors can attend all of the scheduled presentations or attend select programs of their choosing. Meet at theeast end of Berryville Canyon, on the north side of Berryville Pike (VA Route7), opposite the Frederick Winchester Service Authority plant.

September 22 - "On This Day" Battle of Fisher's Hill Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm) Presented bythe Strasburg Heritage Society
Historian Richard Kleese will lead a tour of this pivotal battle for the "Gibraltar ofthe Valley," which occurred just three days following the Confederate defeat at Third Winchester. Meet at Ramseur's Hill, Battlefield Road, Fisher's Hill, VA 22657. This program involves some moderate walking with some steep inclines

October 9 - "On This Day" Battle ofTom's Brook Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm)
This car caravan tour, led by Ranger Eric Campbell, will examine the clash between Union and Confederate cavalry forces, which resulted a lop-sided victory for Union troopers and became known as the "Woodstock Races." This tour will cover key areas such as Spiker's Hill, Tom's Brook, Round Hill and others. Meet at the Shenandoah County Park, 380 Park Lane, Maurertown, VA 22664

October 13 - "On This Day" Battle of Hupp's Hill Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm) Presented by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.
Join Historian Richard Kleese as he describes this engagement and its impact on the Battle of Cedar Creek less than a week later. A Confederate reconnaissance of the Union positions along Cedar Creek resulted in some sharp fighting on the slopes of Hupp's Hill, just north ofStrasburg. Some moderate walking is involved. Meet at the Hupp's Hill Civil War Park, 33229 Old Valley Pike,Strasburg, VA 22664

 

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Sesquicentennial Events

Tentative Event Schedule for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek
Presented by The National Park Service with the Key Partners

Friday, October 17, 2014

Signal Knob Interpretive Hike (National Park Service)
History at Sunset Program (National Park Service)
Cannon Demonstration (Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation)*

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Living History Programs (Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Belle Grove)*
NPS Ranger Programs (National Park Service)
Reenactments (Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation)*
Auto Tour Battlefield Stations (Joint Project, National Park Service organized)
Evening Commemoration Ceremony (Patnership Event)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Real-time Interpretive Programs (National Park Service)
Living History Programs (Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Belle Grove)*
NPS Ranger Programs (National Park Service)
Reenactment (Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation)*
Auto Tour Battlefield Stations (Joint Project, National Park Service organized)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ramseur Monument Re-dedication (National Park Service organized)

Schedule subject to change
Some events require an entrance fee*



 

Key Partner Sesquicentennial Information

 
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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 Sesquicenntennial Programs in the Shenandoah Valley

2014 Sesquicentennial Conference: "1864 Shenandoah Campaign and the Burning"

"Is the World Being Set on Fire?": The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign and the Burning

Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, Virginia
Saturday, August 2, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $20 per person
To Register

 
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Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Sesquicentennial Events

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will be hosting the 150th Anniversary Re-enactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek. To find out more about the event follow the links below.

Spectator Information

Reenactor Information

 

Shenandoah Valley Partner Information

 
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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.

 
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Kernstown Battlefield Association

2014 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown

Commemoration weekend on July 19-20

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