Although the Civil War’s guns fell silent in the spring of 1865 the physical and emotional scars of the conflict ran deep. The annual fall semester seminar and tour will examine the ways in which the Shenandoah Valley’s demographically diverse population, through a case study of Winchester, initially coped with the conflict’s aftermath and what ultimately compelled former Confederates, at least some, to open up to the idea of some level of postwar reconciliation.
A morning lecture at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will ably set the stage for an afternoon tour of sites in the Winchester area—the headquarters for many of the activities of reunion and reconciliation among former foes in the postwar era—which best illustrate the power and complexities of postwar reconciliation in an area so terribly devastated by war’s hard hand.
Sites visited will include various locations in downtown Winchester, the Third Battle of Winchester battlefield, the Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, and the Winchester National Cemetery.
Carpooling is required for the afternoon tour as mass transportation will not allow access to certain sites. Participants must provide their own lunch. Participants are also advised that the tour will require some walking at times over uneven terrain.
Space is limited so please register early!
10-10:30 a.m.: Check-in at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA (901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
10:30-11:30 a.m.: Welcome and lecture by Prof. J.A. Noyalas, “Reconcile to the Conqueror”: The Shenandoah Valley in the Civil War’s Aftermath