During the Civil War, the rise and fall of Confederate and Union cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley echoed the fates and fortunes of the respective armies. The early dominance of Confeder-ate horsemen, which reflected the successes of southern armies, continued almost unabated through the Battle of New Market…but by Fall 1864, the growing strength of Union cavalry mirrored the rise of Federal power and the waning of Confederate fortunes, culminating in the prominent role that cavalry played in crushing Union victories at the final clashes in the Valley.
On Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 9am to 4pm, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District will look back at those events with a conference entitled “Like a Thousand Bricks”: Cavalry in the Valley. The program will cover colorful characters such as Turner Ashby, John Mosby and George Custer, the pivotal role that cavalry played at battles such as New Market, Third Winchester, and Tom’s Brook, and the effects on the civilian population.
Speakers swill include Eric Buckland, Caroline E. Janney, Charles R. Knight, Robert K. Krick, William J. Miller, Jonathan A. Noyalas, and Keven M. Walker.
The cost to attend will be $35 ($30 for SVBF Members), and includes lunch from the Mimslyn Inn. Register by clicking here or by calling 540-740-4545.
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