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National Conference: “Our Hour Had Come”:
New Market, Piedmont, and the Fall of Staunton

April 16-18, 2020

Staunton, Virginia

Registration is Now Open

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s 5th Annual National Civil War Conference will focus on the 1864 Lynchburg Campaign, which included the dramatic battles of New Market, Piedmont, and Lynchburg, the fall of Staunton, and the systematic destruction of Hunter’s Raid, including the burning of VMI.  The conference will include talks, special events, and tours of New Market, Piedmont, and sites in Augusta County – all featuring the finest historians in the nation.

Guides and speakers will include Gary Ecelbarger, Col. Keith Gibson, Charles R. Knight, Scott C. Patchan, David Powell, Greg Starbuck, and Keven M. Walker.

Schedule:

Thursday (April 16, 2020) – Bus Tour and Open Evening

  • 7am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 8am-6pm: Bus Tour – “May God Forgive Me for the Order”: The Battle of New Market – Tour of sites related to the famed May 15, 1864, battle, including the pivotal pre-battle fighting around New Market on May 13 and 14, the journey and critical role of the VMI Cadets, and an in-depth look at the battle itself that will cover the entire battle and battlefield.  Guides: Scott Patchan, Gary Ecelbarger, and Charles Knight.
  • Open Evening

Friday (April 17, 2020)

  • 8am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 9am-5pm: Speaker’s Programs – Presentations on both famed and little-known aspects of the campaign.  Programs will include:
    • Crook, Averell, and the Campaign in Southwest VirginiaScott C. Patchan
    • Prelude to New Market (May 13-14, 1864)Charles R. Knight
    • Sigel at New Market: The Union perspectiveDavid A. Powell.  Franz Sigel’s advance up the Shenandoah Valley in the spring of 1864 was part of a larger series of coordinated operations aimed at disrupting Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s supply line. Even though Sigel’s part of that campaign ended in ignominious defeat, he largely accomplished his objectives; failures by other commanders largely led to the debacle at New Market on May 15, 1864.
    • The Burning of VMICol. Keith E. Gibson
    • “Get possession of Lynchburg for a single day”: The Battle of LynchburgGreg Starbuck. This presentation will examine the significance of the June 1864 Battle of Lynchburg, what the conditions were that led to it, and effect on the war and postwar memory.
  • 7pm-9pm: Awards Banquet

Saturday (April 18, 2020)

  • 7am: Buffet Breakfast
  • 8am-6pm: Bus Tour – “The Horror of the Feelings”: The Battle of Piedmont and Civil War Staunton – Tour of sites related to the June 5, 1864, battle – and its aftermath – including seldom-seen portions of the battlefield, the Crozet Tunnel, and sites around Staunton that bore witness to Hunter’s Raid.  Guides: Scott Patchan and Gary Ecelbarger.
  • 7pm-9pm – Closing Dinner

Registration Options:

Full Conference Rate

  • Members – $395*
  • Non-Members – $425

* If you’re not a member and would like more information, click here or call Kirsten Kauling at 540-740-4545.

 

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:

Thursday, April 16, 2020 – {$125}

  • Breakfast Buffet at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  • New Market Bus Tour with Scott Patchan, Gary Ecelbarger, and Charles Knight.  Box lunch, snacks, and refreshments included.
  • Open Evening

Friday, April 17, 2020 – {$150}

  • Breakfast Buffet at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  • Speaker Programs.
    • Speakers include Col. Keith Gibson, Charles R. Knight, Scott C. Patchan, David A. Powell, Greg Starbuck, and Keven M. Walker
  • Dinner at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Saturday, April 18, 2020 – {$150}

  • Breakfast Buffet at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  • Piedmont, Staunton, and Augusta County Bus Tour with Scott Patchan and Gary Ecelbarger.  Sit-down lunch, snacks, and refreshments included.
  • Dinner at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Host Site and Lodging:

The conference will be headquartered at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, located at 124 South Market St, Staunton, VA, Virginia.

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference guests for the evenings of April 15-18.  The cost for rooms in this block is $109 per night for the nights of April 15 (Wednesday) and April 16 (Thursday), and $155 per night for April 17 (Friday) and April 18 (Saturday).

The phone number for the hotel is (540) 885-4848.  To reach the hotel website, click here.

Questions or Need More Information?

Call the SVBF at 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.