In 1865, the closing chapters of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley included the destruction of the remnants of Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederate army at the Battle of Waynesboro and the initial attempts by residents to rebuild lives and homes left in wrack and ruin by four years of war.
But the history of the war in the Valley did not end in 1865. The years that followed are full of stories every bit as fascinating as the battles themselves. How did farmers recover from the devastation of fire and sword? How did veterans and civilians work towards reconciliation? What courses did their postwar lives take? And how did the efforts to preserve the Valley’s battlefields evolve into today’s successful campaigns?
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will look back at those events and questions with a Sesquicentennial conference, “The Rocky Road to Peace”: 1865 and the Post-War Era in the Valley. The conference will feature eminent Civil War historians and authors Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jonathan A. Noyalas, Jonathan Berkey, Jeff Driscoll, Nancy T. Sorrells, Col. Keith Gibson, and Keven Walker.
The conference will be held at Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center at 24 South Market Street in Staunton, Virginia. The cost to attend will be $20 per person. Register by downloading and submitting the registration form here or by registering online here.