June 18, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation recently learned that 24 acres in the heart of the Tom's Brook battlefield and adjacent to land that you helped protect in 2012 is in danger of being lost forever.

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It was on this 24 acre parcel that some of the most intense fighting of the Battle of Tom’s Brook occurred, as the Confederates tried desperately to hold their position before being flanked and routed in what would become known as the “Woodstock Races”…with Federal cavalry dashing wildly after the Confederates from Tom’s Brook through Woodstock, all the way to Mount Jackson, nearly 20 miles away.

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This sweeping cavalry clash began at about 6:00 a.m. on October 9, during the closing stages of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. It was a cold, gray morning, and threatening snow. Nearly 10,000 mounted soldiers (6,300 Union and 3,500 Confederate) fought in a decisive Union victory that signaled the end of “The Burning.”

“Whip ’em or get whipped!” – Union Gen. Philip Sheridan to his men at the Battle of Tom’s Brook, October 9, 1864

Together we can protect this property for a cost of $250,000 and extinguish eight building lots in the heart of Tom’s Brook where you have already helped protect more than 600 contiguous acres of battlefield land.

The preservation of this battlefield comes down to the age old question…If not you, then who, and if not now, then when?  Well – the answer to that is – If we don’t do it, it won’t be done, and if we don’t do it now, this land will be lost forever.

For every $1 you give, about one square foot will be saved! Help us to save this important piece of the Tom’s Brook battlefield!

Read the full letter from SVBF CEO, Keven Walker

Read a historical sketch of the Battle of Tom’s Brook