Published on May 30, 2018

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National Conference: Sheridan’s 1864 Shenandoah Campaign

  April 10-13, 2019

Front Royal, Virginia

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s 4th Annual National Civil War Conference will focus on Sheridan’s 1864 Shenandoah Campaign, the largest and costliest campaign ever fought in the Valley. The conference will include talks, programs, special events, and tours of Third Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, and Cedar Creek – all featuring the finest historians in the nation.

Guides and speakers will include Gary Ecelbarger, Caroline E. Janney, Robert K. Krick, William J. Miller, Jonathan A. Noyalas, Scott C. Patchan, Ralph Peters, Nicholas P. Picerno, Keven M. Walker and Jeffry D. Wert.  (For biographies of the guides and speakers, click here.)

Schedule:

Tuesday (April 9, 2019)          

  • Early check-in (evening)

Wednesday (April 10, 2019)   

  • 6:30am-7:45am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 8am–6pm: Bus Tour – “A Perfect Sheet of Lead”: The Third Battle of Winchester – Tour of sites related to the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Valley – the epic, day-long struggle of September 19, 1864, that changed the course of the war. Tour will range from the first shots on Opequon Creek to the chaotic scenes of the battle “whirling through Winchester.” Lunch included. Guides: Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan.
  • 7pm-9pm – Evening Reception and Special Exhibit – Featuring rare Third Winchester artifacts from the Nicholas Picerno Collection

Thursday (April 11, 2019)

  • 6:30am-7:45am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 8am-6pm: Bus Tour – “Like a Western Cyclone”: The Battle of Fisher’s Hill – Tour of sites related to the Union victory of September 21-22, 1864, where a flank attack by the Army of West Virginia crashed into the Confederates and helped unhinge the southern line. Tour will include both well-known and rarely-visited sites throughout the picturesque battlefield. Lunch included. Guides: Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan.
  • Open Evening. Tour Front Royal on your own.

Friday (April 12, 2019)

  • 7:30am-9:00am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 9am-5pm: Speaker’s Programs: “Sheridan’s 1864 Shenandoah Campaign”
    • Introduction: “The Valley of Humiliation and a Presidency at Risk”Keven M. Walker
    • “No Mimic About It: Battles from August 17-September 18, 1864”Scott C. Patchan
    • “The Confederate Pattons”Robert K. Krick
    • “’Faded…From the Memory’: The Meaning and Legacy of Fisher’s Hill”Jonathan A. Noyalas.  Exploring how veterans of the Army of the Shenandoah viewed the Union victory, how the victory buoyed spirits of Union soldiers in the war’s other theaters, the impact of the defeat on Confederate morale, and the ways Fisher’s Hill became a stage for postwar healing among former foes
    • “Cold Blood: Cavalrymen, Civilians and the Burning”William J. Miller
    • “When ‘Old Jube’ Lost Cedar Creek”Jeffry D. Wert.  Focusing on the critical moments in the Cedar Creek engagement, and arguing when the battle turned in favor of the Federals
    • “After Appomattox: How Mosby’s 1864 Raids Shaped the War’s End”Caroline E. Janney.  Covering the activities of Confederate Col. John Mosby and his Rangers in the fall of 1864 – including Front Royal – and how those events informed Union efforts to capture Mosby after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
    • Concluding Remarks – “The Impacts and Legacy of Sheridan’s Campaign”Keven M. Walker
  • 7pm-9pm: Dinner and program with Ralph Peters  – Dinner featuring special program with historian and author Ralph Peters, “Civil War in Revolutionary Times: Change and the Challenge of Leadership”

Saturday (April 13, 2019)

  • 6:30am-7:45am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 8am-6pm: Bus Tour – “The Most Remarkable Battle”: The Battle of Cedar Creek – Tour of sites related to the climactic battle of the campaign, where the stunning Confederate success of the morning was dramatically reversed into a decisive Union victory in the afternoon. Tour will follow the ebb and flow of the battle while visiting both celebrated locations and little-known gems. Lunch included. Guides: Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan.
  • 7pm: Closing Dinner – A festive closing event that will include dinner, a look back at the conference, and a major announcement about SVBF Plans for 2020. Hosted by SVBF CEO Keven Walker.

Please Note:  Times and other details subject to change.

Pricing:

Full Conference (April 10-13, 2019)
SVBF Members: $425
Non-Members: $475*
* If you would like to become a member to receive a discount on the conference, and many other perks, CLICK HERE to view our membership program.

Register for Full Conference Here

 

Per Day Options:
Wednesday (April 10, 2019) – $125.00
Thursday (April 11, 2019) – $110.00
Friday (April 12, 2019) – $125.00
Saturday (April 13, 2019) – $125.00

Register for Per Day Options Here

 

Host Site and Lodging:

The conference will be headquartered at the Holiday Inn Blue Ridge Shadows Front Royal, located at 111 Hospitality Drive, Front Royal, Virginia.

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference guests for the evenings of April 9-13.  The cost for rooms in this block is $109 per night for a standard executive room with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, and $139 per night for a king or queen suite.

The phone number for the hotel is (540) 631-3050.  To reach the hotel website, click here.