Join historian and SVBF Chief Executive Officer Keven Walker for “Fridays at the Front,” special complementary tours of Civil War battlefields and historic sites in the Shenandoah Valley. These tours cover stories great and small, from the accounts of huge armies moving across the landscape to the individual stories of loyalty, determination, and sacrifice involving soldiers and civilians alike.
Come alone or bring a friend, your family, or a group. Discover the dramatic history of these sites — and the incredible stories — history and stories that the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, thanks to your help and support, continue to fight to preserve today.
The tours are free, but pre-registration is required. To register, fill out the form below or call the Battlefields Foundation at 540-740-4545.
Friday, June 11, 2021, 10am-Noon
Fridays at the Front – “A Bengal Tiger Ready to Spring”: The Battle of Cross Keys
A tour of sites related to the June 8, 1862 battle – the first of the “twin victories” that brought a close to Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign – from Union Church and the beginning of the fighting to the fence line where the main Federal attack was repulsed in the “Slaughter of the 8th New York.” Overlooked by Massanutten Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cross Keys is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved battlefields in the nation.
Friday, July 30, 2021, 10am-Noon
Fridays at the Front – “We Would Not Have Been Caught in This Trap”: The Battle of Harper’s Ferry
A tour of sites related to the Battle of Harper’s Ferry (fought on September 12-15, 1862), where Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson used the surrounding heights to besiege and capture the Union garrison – the largest surrender of U.S. Troops before World War II. Jackson’s victory secured the strategic location and allowed his troops to join Gen. Robert E. Lee in time for the Battle of Antietam. Seeing Jackson as he entered the town, one captured Federal remarked, “Boy, he is not much for looks, but if he had been in command we would not have been caught in this trap.”
Friday, October 15, 2021, 10am-Noon
Fridays at the Front: “When They Come, Aim Low”: The Battle of Hupp’s Hill and Civil War Strasburg
Car caravan tour of Strasburg’s Civil War sites, including Hupp’s Hill. Sitting near the northern end of Massanutten Mountain and overlooked by Signal Knob, Strasburg was a strategic location throughout the Civil War, with both Confederate and Union armies marching through and occupying the town numerous times. This car caravan tour will visit sites related to Stonewall Jackson’s Great Train Raid of 1861, Bank’s Fort, Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign, and the 1864 Battles of Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, and – especially – Hupp’s Hill.