Saturday March 09, 2013
There was no “peace in the valley” in 1863. While less remembered today than the famous campaigns of 1862 and 1864, the Shenandoah Valley and its residents saw no rest during that pivotal middle year of the conflict. During Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg Campaign that summer, the Valley played a central role, first as an “avenue of invasion” as Lee moved north – and then, after his defeat in Pennsylvania, as a vital route of retreat and a haven for the massive numbers of wounded. The Valley also witnessed other critical developments that year, including the formation of the new state of West Virginia, the aftereffects of the Emancipation Proclamation, and over 50 smaller military actions. In 1863, the Valley and its residents were once again engulfed by the conflict that raged across the country.
On March 9, 2013, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of that year with "Avenue of Invastion": Lee, Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley in 1863, a Sesquicentennial conference featuring renowned Civil War historians and authors Brandon H. Beck, Eric Campbell, Steve French, Jonathan A. Noyalas, Joseph Whitehorne, and George Wunderlich.
The conference will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Space will be limited, so early registrations are encouraged. You can sign up today by printing and mailing the registration form here, or by registering online below.
Note about lunch: Attendees can choose to lunch on their own or preorder a box lunch from the MSV cafe. The cost for the lunch is $14, and comes with a choice of sandwich, choice of salad, chips, cookie, and drink. The deadline to order the lunch is Monday, March 4. To pre-order the lunch, simply choose the lunch option when you register.
For additional details on the conference, speakers, and visitor information, click here.
- Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
- 901 Amherst St.
- Winchester, VA 22601
Starts at 9:00am
Ends at 5:00pm
Admission Fee/Ticket Price: