Published on August 17, 2016

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The SVBF’s 2017 National Civil War Conference, Mystify, Mislead, & Surprise: Stonewall Jackson in the Valley, will be held on April 26th and run through April 29th in Winchester, Virginia at the George Washington Hotel. This years conference is 4 DAYS instead of 3, and features 3 bus tours, and many well-known Civil War speakers!

Full Conference Events$575 for Non-Members, $530 for Pioneers & Current Members

Wednesday April 26, 2017

  • 9:00 am: Check-in begins in the “Half Note Lounge” at George Washington Hotel (103 East Piccadilly Street, Winchester.)
  • 10:30am: Begin boarding buses for tour.  Buses will load and depart from the back entrance of the George Washington Hotel.
  • 11:00am – 5:00pm: Bus Tour:  Jackson in West Virginia.
    • Stops will include Shepherdstown, Harper’s Ferry, Falling Waters, & Charlestown.  Tour guides will be Ed Bearss and Keven Walker.
    • Program during lunch by Ted Alexander: Jackson and the End of the Maryland Campaign
    • Box lunch included.
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Welcome Reception at Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum
    • 415 North Braddock St. Winchester, Virginia.  (The museum is about 0.4 miles from the hotel.)
    • The reception will be outside the museum, but the museum will be open to guests.
    • The reception will include light refreshments, two drinks, and a presentation by Jonathan Noyalas: “Bound So Closely & Warmly”: Stonewall Jackson and Winchester

Thursday April 27, 2017

  • 7:00am: Check-In/Information Desk Opens.  George Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.  (103 East Piccadilly St.)
  • 7:00am – 8:30am: Country Buffet Breakfast
    • George Ballroom, Washington Hotel.
  • 8:30am: Begin boarding buses for tour.  Buses will load and depart from the back entrance of the George Washington Hotel.
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm: Bus Tour:  Jackson’s Valley Campaign in the Northern Valley
    • Stops will include First Kernstown, Front Royal, First Winchester battlefield sites and other historic locations related to Stonewall’s 1862 Valley Campaign.
    • Tour guides will be Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan.
    • Box lunch included.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Tour of Bell House and Program on the Benefits of giving to Battlefield Preservation
    • The Bell House, 106 Cameron St., Winchester.  (The Bell House is about a 200 yard walk from the hotel.)
    • Tour the historic Bell House, a Winchester landmark and key part of the city’s Civil War story. SVBF Trustee Craig Stevens will present a program on the financial benefits of supporting battlefield preservation.  The program will be followed by a tour of the historic Bell House, a Winchester landmark and key part of the city’s Civil War story.
  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm: Special Event: VIP Reception at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum
    • Open to SVBF Members, Major Donors, and Pioneers only.  20 N. Loudon St., Winchester.  (The museum is a short walk from the Bell House, approx.. 400 feet.)
    • Special reception with Ed Bearss and Keven Walker at the museum and historic building that was at the center of Winchester’s Civil War story.

Friday April 28, 2017

  • 7:00am: Check-In/Information Desk Opens.  Grand Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.  (103 East Piccadilly St.)
  • 7:00am – 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast Buffet
    • Grand Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm: Speaker’s Programs: “Stonewall in the Valley”.
    • Grand Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.
    • 9:00 am – Welcome and Introductions
    • 9:10 am – James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr.: The Road to Stonewall: Jackson before the Civil War
    • 10:00 am – Break
    • 10:10 am – Dennis Frye: Stonewall vs. Sheridan in the Valley
    • 11:00 am – Break
    • 11:10 am – Joseph Whitehorne: The Jackson-Loring Controversy and the Campaign Jackson Lost
    • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch with presentation by Nicholas Picerno: “The Winchester Skedaddle”: Banks’s Retreat from Winchester
    • 1:00 pm – Keith Gibson: Jackson at Cross Keys and Port Republic: Masterstroke or Good Fortune?
    • 1:50 pm -Break
    • 2:00 pm – Jonathan A. Noyalas: “Prisoners in Our Own Houses”: Civilians & Stonewall’s 1862 Valley Campaign
    • 2:50 pm – Break
    • 3:00 pm – Gary Ecelbarger: Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee’s influence on Jackson’s Valley Campaign
    • 3:50 pm – Closing Remarks
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm: Companion’s Tour (Alternate Option)
  • Free time – explore and shop in downtown Winchester
  • 6:30 pm-9:00 pm: Dinner and program by Brian Steel Wills:  “War Means Fighting”: The Unrelenting Nature of Stonewall Jackson and Bedford Forrest as Civil Warriors.
    • Grand Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.  Gala dinner followed by program.
    • Brian Steel Wills will weave together the stories of Jackson and Forrest, and show how their styles of making war, despite their obvious personal differences, were actually very similar.

Saturday April 29, 2017

  • 7:00am: Check-In/Information Desk Opens.  George Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.  (103 East Piccadilly Street)
  • 7:00am – 8:30am: Country Buffet Breakfast
    • George Ballroom, George Washington Hotel.
  • 8:30am: Begin boarding buses for tour.  Buses will load and depart from the back entrance of the George Washington Hotel.
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm: Bus Tour:  Jackson’s Valley Campaign in the Southern Valley
    • Depart from and return to the George Washington Hotel.
    • Stops will include Cross Keys and Port Republic battlefield sites and other historic sites related to Stonewall’s 1862 Valley Campaign.
    • Tour guides will be Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan.
    • Box lunch included.
  • Free time – explore and shop in downtown Winchester
  • 7:00pm – 9:00 pm: Director’s Dinner, Closing Program, and Historians Roundtable
    • Piccadilly’s Public House and Restaurant, 125 East Piccadilly Street.  (The restaurant is next door to the hotel.).
    • A festive closing event that will include a buffet dinner, a look back at the conference (and a look ahead to 2018), and a special historians roundtable with Ed Bearss, Bud Robertson, Jeff Wert, Joe Whitehorne, and Keven Walker.
Cross Keys Battlefield

Per Day Options

We would love to have you present for the entire conference, but if you cannot make it to all of the events we have per day options!

Wednesday April 26, 2017 – {$100}

  • Jackson in West Virginia
    • Bus tour led by SVBF CEO Keven Walker
    • Boxed lunch included

Thursday April 27, 2017 – {$150}

  • Breakfast Buffet at the George Washington Hotel
  • Battlefield Bus Tour with Gary Ecelbarger
    • Winchester, Front Royal, Kernstown
    • Boxed lunch included
  • Bell House Tour & Lecture
    • Benefits of Charitable Giving with SVBF Trustee & Treasurer Craig Stevens

Friday April 28, 2017 – {$230}

  • Breakfast Buffet at the George Washington Hotel
  • Choice of Lectures or Companions Tour
    • Lecture Series
      • Speakers include Ed Bearss, Dennis Frye, Jonathan Noyalas, Nicholas Picerno, James I. “Bud” Robertson, Joseph Whitehorne, and Brian Steel Wills
    • Companions Tour
  • Plated Dinner at the George Washington Hotel

Saturday April 29, 2017 – {$150}

  • Breakfast Buffet at the George Washington Hotel
  • Battlefield Bus Tour with Scott Patchan
    • Cross Keys & Port Republic
    • Boxed lunch included

 

CLICK HERE FOR PAYMENT OPTIONS

 

ALL OF OUR ROOMS AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN BOOKED!

We have blocked off more rooms at the Hampton Inn which is 2 miles from the George Washington.

These rooms can be booked for the nights of April 25-29 with a rate of $91 per night.

To reserve a room at the Hampton Inn please call them at 540-678-4000 and mention “Shenandoah Battlefields” or use the link below.

http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/W/WNCHHHX-SVB-20170425/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG