2013 Programs - 1863 in the Valley

“The Storm is Gathering": The Shenandoah Valley in 1863

Events, Tours, and Programs Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in the Valley in 1863 

The dark clouds of war returned to the Shenandoah Valley in 1863.  During Robert E. Lee’s pivotal Gettysburg Campaign, he used the Valley as an “avenue of invasion” during his drive north – clearing the way with a crushing victory at Second Winchester – and as a route of retreat after being defeated at Gettysburg, culminating with the final Union attempt to cut off the Confederate withdrawal at the Battle of Manassas Gap.

The Valley also became a haven to care for the massive numbers of wounded, and a transport route for huge quantities of captured supplies. And the Valley witnessed other critical developments in 1863, including the formation of the new state of West Virginia, the aftereffects of the Emancipation Proclamation, and over 50 smaller military actions. 

In 2013, sites throughout the Shenandoah Valley will commemorate the 150th  anniversary of that year with a series of engaging and enlightening programs.  Make your plans now to be part of this series of events.  Scheduled programs include:

January 5, 2013 – “A Celebration of Freedom”: Commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation (Josephine School Community Museum, Berryville) 

January 24, 2013 – “Emancipation” – Program by Washington & Lee University Professor Holt Merchant (R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, Staunton) 

March 9, 2013 – SVBF 1863-2013 Sesquicentennial Conference: “Avenue of Invasion: Lee, Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley in 1863” (Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester) 

April 8, 2013 – "The Hemings Famly's Civil War": Augusta County Historical Society Banquet  (Staunton)

April 20, 2013 – Bridgewater Civil War Institute: “The Gettysburg Campaign” (Bridgewater) 

April 20-21, 2013 – The 10th Virginia and the Gettysburg Campaign  (The Heritage Museum, Dayton)

May 1 - September 30, 2013 – 14 Days in May: T. J. Jackson’s Wounding, Death and Burial  (VMI Museum, Lexington)

May 18, 2013 – Reenactment of the Second Battle of Winchester (Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market) 

May 18, 2013 – “An Evening with Robert E. Lee” (Luray Valley Museum, Luray) 

May 19, 2013 – Stonewall's Final Hours  (VMI Museum and Stonewall Jackson House, Lexington)

June 1, 2013 – Court and Market Days: Civil War Era, 1863 (Harrisonburg) 

June 8, 2013 – Civil War Kids Camp (Cross Keys)

June 14, 2013 – “150 Years Ago…On This Day” Battlefield Tour – Second Battle of Winchester (Winchester) 

June 14, 2013 – “History at Sunset”:  Star Fort and the Second Battle of Winchester (Star Fort, Winchester) 

June 15, 2013 Youth Program:  “Voyagers Capture Star Fort!” (Star Fort, Winchester) 

June 15, 2013 – Living History at Star Fort (Winchester) 

June 15, 2013 – “Perfectly Wild”: The Second Battle of Winchester – Seminar and Tour (Museum of the Shenandoah Valley  and battlefield sites, Winchester) 

June 15, 2013 – Grand Caverns Heritage Day: “Soldier and Civilian Life in 1863” (Grottoes) 

July 12, 2013 – History at Sunset: “The Valley Pike: Route of Invasion” (Middletown) 

July 18, 2013 – Civil War Surgery with Dr. Irvin Hess (The Heritage Museum, Dayton) 

July 23, 2013 – “150 Years Ago…On This Day” Battlefield Tour – The Battle of Manassas Gap/Wapping Heights (Warren County) 

July 27, 2013 – "Caring for the Wounded - 1863": Civil War Day in Shenandoah County (Sites throughout Shenandoah County)

August 15, 2013 – “Harrisonburg’s Confederate General Hospital” (The Heritage Museum, Dayton)

August 17-18, 2013 – Civil War Weekend: “1863 in the Valley” (Sites in Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County) 

October 5, 2013 – “Farm Life Under War-time Conditions in 1863” (Clermont Farm, Millwood) 

November 2, 2013 – Heritage Day at the Mill - Life in 1863 (Burwell Morgan Mill, Millwood)