Published on August 28, 2015

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For immediate release: Friday, August 28, 2015

Contact: Keven Walker, CEO, (540) 740-4545
Terry Heder, Director of Interpretation, Education & History, (540) 740-4545

New Market, Va. – In 1864, the Civil War turned to “total war” – and the world turned to fire. The effects were especially dramatic in Georgia, where the Atlanta Campaign was followed by Sherman’s March to the Sea; and in Virginia, where the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign included “The Burning” of the Valley. On April 6-9, 2016, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) will look back at those events and their aftershocks with a special four-day conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Most people are not completely aware of the connection between these two devastating campaigns” SVBF CEO Keven Walker commented. “If you study this period of the War, it becomes absolutely clear that their combined effect on the political and military strategic situation is undeniable.”

The conference will also include special battlefield tours of Atlanta and the surrounding area, admittance to museums and parks and several receptions and breakfasts with nationally acclaimed historians. Already committed to present at the Battlefields Foundation’s Annual Conference are Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Dr. Richard McMurry, Jeffry D. Wert and Brian Steel Wills. The event will be hosted at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center, which features the historic Brumby Hall on the property, which was one of the few structures to survive the “Burning of Atlanta” by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864. A special evening dinner and reception will be held there the final day of the conference.

Aptly named “Atlanta, the Shenandoah, and the Turn to Total War”, this once in a lifetime experience is one that Civil War enthusiasts should not miss. “We already have an outstanding line up of speakers and are in discussions with a couple more” Walker continued. “This is the first of what we plan to be a series of conferences that we will host at various Civil War sites throughout the Country. By doing this, not only will people see the important role that the Valley played in the War, but also how the Valley connected on a national level to events happening elsewhere.”

The cost to attend is $550 per person, with a special price of $450 for SVBF members. Registrations are limited to 150 guests. For more details or to register, go to www.ShenandoahAtWar.org or by calling (540) 740-4545.