Published on October 6, 2017

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Avenue of Invasion: The Shenandoah Valley and the
Road to Antietam, Gettysburg, and Washington

A Civil War Conference
April 25 – 28, 2018
Martinsburg, West Virginia

During the Civil War, the Confederacy used the Shenandoah Valley as a highway into the soft underbelly of the North.  From Stonewall Jackson’s early threats, to Robert E. Lee’s major invasions that were turned back at Antietam and Gettysburg, and Jubal Early’s advance to the gates of Washington, southerners used the Valley’s corridor – and the protection of the mountain ridges – to strike north in bold bids to change the military and political balance of the war.

From August 25-28, 2018, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District will look back at those dramatic events and the colorful personalities who took part with its National Conference, “Avenue of Invasion.” Headquartered at the Holiday Inn Martinsburg, the conference will include tours, talks, and special events featuring the finest historians in the nation.

Guides and speakers will include Gary Ecelbarger, Dennis Frye, Troy Harman, John Hoptak, Marc Leepson, Scott Mingus, Craig Morin, Scott Patchan, Steve Recker, and Jeffry D. Wert – with more to be announced soon.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • Bus Tour:  The Road to Antietam: The Valley and the 1862 Antietam Campaign.  Guide:  John Hoptak

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • Bus Tour:  The Road to Gettysburg:  The Valley and the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign.  Guides:  Troy Harman and John Hoptak
  • Evening Reception

Friday, April 27, 2018

  • Speaker Programs, including Dennis Frye, Steve Recker, Scott Mingus, and Marc Leepson.
  • Gala Dinner with Featured Speaker

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • Bus Tour:  The Road to Washington, D.C.:  The Valley and Early’s 1864 Maryland Campaign.  Guides:  Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan
  • Closing Dinner



SVBF Members: $395
Non-Members: $445*
* 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 Here