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THIRD WINCHESTER 155TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMS

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 8:30 pm

155 Years Ago: The Third Battle of Winchester

The Third Battle of Winchester
(September 19, 1864)
On September 19, 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early’s Army of the Valley and Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s Army of the Shenandoah met at the Third Battle of Winchester, the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley, a day-long, see-saw clash that began on the banks of Opequon Creek and ended with the battle spilling through the streets of the city. Third Winchester was one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War, and spelled the beginning of the end for Confederate primacy in the Valley.

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will commemorate the 155th anniversary of Third Winchester with a series of special programs.

155th Anniversary Programs – Saturday, September 21, 2019

“Vortex of Battle”: The West Woods – Jeff Felton
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9am
Third Winchester Battlefield Park
North Carolina Monument, West Woods Trail Entrance
170 Getty Lane, Winchester

During the Third Battle of Winchester, no ground was more involved in the furious fighting than the West Woods. From the earliest stages of the battle to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Rodes’s pivotal charge into the woods, Union Gen. Emory Upton’s counterattack, and more, the West Woods was at the center of the action throughout the day. SVBF Resource Protection Associate Jeff Felton will cover those actions and spotlight the involvement of North Carolina troops. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Grand Opening of Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:30am
Third Winchester Battlefield Park
Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center,
541 Redbud Road, Winchester

Join us for the grand opening of the Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center. Featuring an outdoor visitor’s plaza, exhibit rooms, an orientation film, handouts, maps, and more, the center will provide an overview of Winchester’s Civil War history – including the six major battles that took place in and around the city – and encourage visitors to explore battlefields and partner sites throughout the area. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

“The Earth Seemed to Tremble”: Huntsberry Farm and the Middle Field – Nick Picerno
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11:45am
Third Winchester Battlefield Park
Breathed’s Artillery Position, Huntsberry Farm,
541 Redbud Road, Winchester

As Federal troops attacked and withdrew across the Middle Field during Third Winchester, they were subject to devastating artillery from Confederate horse artillery located on the heights of the Huntsberry Farm across Red Bud Run. Learn about the pivotal role that the artillery played in the battle, and how they wreaked havoc on the Federals advancing through the “Basin of Hell” – the Middle Field – that witnessed over 3,000 casualties. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Dedication of Alabama Monument – Remarks by Robert K. Krick
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2:00pm
Third Winchester Battlefield Park
Middle Field, Third Winchester Battlefield,
Enter through gate at 253 Averell Ave., Winchester

Join us for the dedication and unveiling of the Alabama Brigade Monument near the site of the brigade’s farthest advance during the Third Battle of Winchester. Historian and author Mr. Robert K. Krick will deliver remarks concerning General Cullen Battle’s Alabama Brigade’s role in the battle. Monument sponsored by the family of Cdr. Craig A. Morin, USNR (ret.). Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

“The Very Air Was Made to Groan”: Battle’s Attack in the Middle Field – Scott Patchan
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 3:00pm
Third Winchester Battlefield Park
Middle Field, Third Winchester Battlefield,
Enter through gate at 253 Averell Ave., Winchester

Historian Scott Patchan will tell the story of the pivotal attack of Cullen Battle’s Alabama brigade. Arriving on the field with Gen. Robert E. Rodes’s division at a time when the initial Federal attack had overwhelmed the southern defenders, Battle’s attack smashed into the advancing Federals of the 19th Corps – who were disorganized by their success – and drove them back through the Second Woods and into the Middle Field, temporarily turning the tide of the battle. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

“A Continuous, Deafening Wail of Musketry”: Crook’s Attack Across Red Bed Run – Scott Patchan
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 4:00pm
Third Winchester Battlefield Park
Middle Field, Third Winchester Battlefield,
Enter through gate at 253 Averell Ave., Winchester

Historian Scott Patchan, author of The Last Battle of Winchester, will tell the story of Union Gen. George Crook’s key mid-afternoon attack that broke the stalemate on the battlefield. Crook’s two-pronged assault, with one division hitting Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon’s division from the east while the other swept across Redbud Run to strike Gordon from the north, forced the Confederates back to an L-shaped defensive line around Winchester, leading to the dramatic final stages of the battle. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

“Like a Thousand Bricks”: Cavalry Attacks at Third Winchester – Peter Dalton
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 5:30pm
Star Fort
503 Fortress Drive, Winchester

During the Third Battle of Winchester, Union cavalry played a pivotal role, including during the final stages of the battle when they helped flank and unhinge the Confederate battle line and send the southerners “whirling through Winchester.” Historian Peter Dalton will tell the story of the Federal mounted attacks, including the furious fighting around fortifications such as Fort Collier and Star Fort. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Preserving a Battlefield – Third Winchester – Nick Picerno
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:45pm
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum
20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester

SVBF Chairman Nicholas Picerno will relate the remarkable story of the preservation of the land that now makes up the 600-acre Third Winchester battlefield park. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Additional Programs at Star Fort

Living History – 10th Virginia
Saturday, September 21, 10am-5pm
Star Fort
503 Fortress Dr., Winchester

Living historians with the 10th Virginia will portray Civil War soldier life in camp, on the march, and on the battlefield. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Star Fort Kids Camp
Saturday, September 21, 1pm-3pm
Star Fort
503 Fortress Dr., Winchester

A mini-Civil War kids camp for kids ages 6-14. Learn about camp life, drill, life in a Civil War fort, and take part in manning the defenses. The camp will be held at historic Star Fort, one of the most remarkably-preserved earthwork forts in the country. Star Fort is located on Fortress Drive in Winchester. (A map and detailed directions will be sent after registration.)  The camp is free, but pre-registration is required. Register your children today by clicking the link below or by calling 540-740-4545! For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Cannon Demonstrations
Saturday, September 21, 3pm and 5pm
Star Fort
503 Fortress Dr., Winchester

Living historians will demonstrate the techniques and tools of the trade of Civil War artillery. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

Details

Date:
September 21
Time:
9:00 am - 8:30 pm