Special National Park Service Programs to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign

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Date: March 6, 2012

National Park Service News Release

 

For Immediate Release March 6, 2012

Contacts Name: ERIC CAMPBELL (540) 868-9176

 

Special National Park Service Programs to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign

 

 

Middletown, VA ----- Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, announce a series of special National Park Service programs to commemorate the anniversaries of the battles the made up Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign.

 

Conducted during the spring and early summer of 1862, Jackson’s maneuvers in the Valley are still considered some of the most brilliant in military history. Vastly outnumbered, Jackson managed in less than three months to march his army hundreds of miles and fight a series of engagements in a masterpiece of military art.

 

“These programs will give visitors a chance to learn about the battles of this famous campaign, not only on the battlefields themselves, but also on the actual anniversary of each,” said Eric Campbell, the park’s lead ranger. “While the power of place is significant, it can be magnified by the power of time. To be able to commemorate each battle on its 150th anniversary is a one-in-a-life time opportunity.”

 

These presentations are offered in conjunction with the other events and activities organized by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, and its various partners, which commemorate the campaign. All of the National Park Service programs are free. The “On This Day” Anniversary tours last 90 minutes to two hours.

 

  1. 23, 2012 “Jackson’s Valley Campaign in a Box” (12:00 pm)
  2. This Day” Battle of Kernstown Anniversary Tour (1:00 pm) Kernstown Battlefield Association (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)

 

“Jackson’s Valley Campaign in a Box” (3:30 pm)

  1. This Day” Battle of Kernstown-Rose Hill Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm)

Rose Hill – Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (Winchester, VA)

 

  1. 8, 2012 “On This Day” Battle of McDowell Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm) Highland County Museum, (161 Mansion House Road, McDowell, VA 24458)

 

  1. 19, 2012 “Jackson’s Valley Campaign in a Box” (1:00 pm)

New Market Battlefield State Historical Park

(8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market, VA 22844)

 

 

 

May 23, 2012 “On This Day” Battle of Front Royal Anniversary Tour (1:00 pm)

Orientation at 1:00, car caravan tour 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA). Presented by the Warren County Sesquicentennial Committee. $10 Fee. Tickets and more information, 540-636-0702, www.warrenheritagesociety.org)

 

  1. 24, 2012 “On This Day” Anniversary Tour-Running Fight on the Valley Pike (4:00 pm) Cedar Creek & Belle Grove NHP (7718 ½ Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)

 

May 25, 2012 “On This Day” Battle of 1st Winchester Anniversary Tour (1:00 pm)

Orientation at 1:00, car caravan tour 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA). Presented by the Warren County Sesquicentennial Committee. $10 Fee. Tickets and more information, 540-636-0702, www.warrenheritagesociety.org)

 

  1. at Sunset- Battle of 1st Winchester (7:00 pm)

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601)

 

June 8, 2012 “On This Day” Battle of Cross Keys Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm) Union Church, 5094 Battlefield Road (Route 679), Cross Keys, VA 22841)

 

  1. 9, 2012On This Day” Battle of Port Republic Anniversary Tour (4:00 pm)

Port Republic Museum (Water Street, Port Republic, VA 24471)

 

  1. 16, 2012 “Jackson’s Valley Campaign in a Box” (3:00 p.m.) “Stonewall Jackson’s Way” Closing Event--Grand Caverns Heritage Day

Grand Caverns Regional Park (5 Grand Caverns Blvd., Grottoes, VA 24441)

 

For information on other related events contact the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation at (888) 689-4545 or visit their website (www.ShenandoahatWar.org).

 

Additionally, a special overview program of the 1862 Valley Campaign is being offered throughout the anniversary:

 

* Jackson’s Valley Campaign “in a Box” – This special 30 minute program provides an overview of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. This interactive presentation uses the surrounding landscape features and various props (taken from a box) to “create” the Valley and place visitors “in the middle of the campaign.” Great for kids and adults alike!

 

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park offers a wide variety of ranger-conducted programs, which tell the park’s many stories related to the rich cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley and the American Civil War. These programs will be offered regularly, beginning on weekends this spring. Check the park website (www.nps.gov/cebe) or call (540) 869-3051 for more information.

 

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About Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove

commemorates a nationally significant Civil War landscape and antebellum plantation by sharing the story of Shenandoah Valley history from early settlement through the Civil War and beyond. The park is embedded within the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, a National Heritage Area.

Created on December 19, 2002, the park encompasses approximately 3,700 acres across three counties and includes the key partner sites of Belle Grove Plantation (owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and managed by Belle Grove, Inc.), Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation lands and Headquarters, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation lands, and a developing Shenandoah County Park. The partner sites continue to be owned and operated independently.



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