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Civil War Trust

Color Bearer Weekend

Winchester, Virginia
March 14 - 16, 2014

Tentative Schedule of Events

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FRIDAY, March 14, 2014

5:00 - 6:30 pm -
Registration Open at The George Washington

6:15 - 8:15 pm -
Reception at the Old Civil War Court House Museum. Newly added.
Hosted and sponsored by the Museum.

8:00 - 9:30 pm Registration Open at The George Washington

8:00 - 9:30 pm -
Awards and Insider's Briefing with Jim Lighthizer. Newly added - Lecture Inspection Arms! A Review of the Trust's Online and digital Arsenal at The George Washington

SATURDAY, March 15, 2014

7:30 - 8:30 am -

7:30 - 9:00 am -
Tours Depart - Meet in hotel lobby

4:30 - 5:30 pm -
Tours Return

SUNDAY, March 16, 2013

Breakfast on own.

8:30 – 12:30 pm -
Off-site touring 



Saturday Tours

1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign with Eric Campbell

Tour Description: This tour will cover the major events and battles associated with the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, from the assignment of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan to the Valley in August, through the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19th. This includes the battles of Third Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Tom’s Brook, Hupp’s Hill and Cedar Creek, along with some sites associated with “The Burning,” the Union army’s systematic destruction of the Valley, in late September and early October.

Eric Campbell's Biography: A 28 year National Park Service employee, Mr. Campbell served as a park ranger-historian at Gettysburg National Military Park for over 20 years, along with previous assignments at Independence National Historical Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. He has also authored over two dozen articles and essays for scholarly publications and a book, ("A Grand Terrible Dramma': From Gettysburg to Petersburg, The Civil War Letters of Charles Wellington Reed," published by Fordham University Press in 2000).

He has served as Park Ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park since 2009 where he has overseen the planning for future interpretation at the park, including the creation of ranger-lead programs, brochures, the park website, along with exhibits and displays for the park's new Visitor Contact Station which opened in Middletown in 2013.

He and his staff are currently planning special events, programs and activities for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 2014.

Battle of Cedar Creek with Shannon Moeck

Tour Description: This tour will begin at the NPS Visitor Contact Station in Middletown, VA where they will view the park’s new exhibits and displays, including a three-dimensional fiber optic map on the battle. The tour will then cover the Battle of Cedar Creek chronologically, from the initial Confederate planning, through the final Union counterattack. Stops include: Fisher’s Hill, Confederate crossing points along Cedar Creek and the North Fork of the Shenandoah, Thoburn’s Redoubt (8th Corps camps), the 128th New York Monument and 19th Corps Trenches, 8th Vermont monument, Belle Grove, Middletown Cemetery, Rienzi Knoll (purchased by the CWT in 2012) and many others. Moderate walking over some uneven terrain is involved. Visitors are encouraged to wear good walking shoes.

Shannon Moeck’s Biography: Shannon Moeck is a Park Ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP. After attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and spending a decade in Pittsburgh, PA as a music promoter and retail manager, she was ready for a change. She moved back to the Shenandoah Valley and started attending Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, VA. Her passion for history was reignited when she took a World Civilization history class. Shannon joined the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove staff as a seasonal hire during the Parks inaugural season of interpretation in 2010. Having just completed her dual degrees the Spring of 2013, she is now a full time permanent ranger on the team. Currently her responsibilities include interpretation, Volunteer manager, webmaster, social media coordinator, research, and assisting in helping develop this park.

The Battle of Third Winchester and More (from the dudes who wrote the signs) with Garry Adelman and Timothy H. Smith

Tour Description: Join Garry Adelman and Tim Smith for a concentrated treatment of the bloodiest battle of the Shenandoah Valley. Producing more casualties than the entire Valley Campaign of 1862, Third Winchester was a sprawling affair between forces under Jubal Early and Philip Sheridan fought on September 19, 1864. This tour will include the Third Winchester Battlefield proper as well as sites associated with the actions throughout that bloody Monday and will end with a tour of the National and Confederate Cemeteries, where most of the battle’s monuments reside. Adelman and Smith will also address the creation of the main battlefield interpretive trail and the challenges of balancing and maintaining a public battlefield. Expect some two miles of walking over the course of the day.

Garry Adelman’s Biography: A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 30 articles on the Civil War. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 19 years. He has appeared on numerous productions shown on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network and on HISTORY. He works full time as Director of History and Education at the Civil War Trust.

Tim Smith’s Biography: Timothy H. Smith is employed as a licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park and a research assistant at the Adams County Historical Society. He is a lifelong student of American Civil War, and has written numerous article and ten books on the subject. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars and civil war round tables and has appeared in several televised documentaries.


Sunday Tours

Walking tour of Civil War Winchester (to include Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters and the Old Court House Civil War Museum); 

The Battle of Cool Spring

Matt Border's Biography: Matt Borders is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in US History and a double cognate in Museum Studies and Historic Preservation. While at MSU he was first an intern and then a seasonal for the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. Following his undergrad he immediately went to Eastern Michigan University for his MS in Historic Preservation, with a focus in Battlefield Interpretation. While at Eastern, Matt again worked at Antietam as a Seasonal Ranger.

Upon graduation Matt taught for a year at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before accepting a contractor position with the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program. Moving to Maryland in 2007 with his wife Kira, Matt worked as a contract historian for the ABPP for the next four years, personally surveying over 100 different American Civil War battlefields in the Deep South and western United States. In 2011 he became a term employee of the ABPP and continued with his work as the program historian as well as additional duties related to the program's preservation grants until 2013. Over this period Matt became involved with the Frederick County Historical Society as one of the developers of the Frederick City Civil War Walking Tours, and as a volunteer and Certified Battlefield Guide for Antietam National Battlefield.

In September of 2013, wanting to get out of the cubicle and back into front line preservation and interpretation, Matt took over managing the John S. Mosby Historic House Museum in Warrenton, VA. He continues to volunteer regularly, as well as give tours of Antietam and is currently working on his first book.


Headquarters Hotel:
The George Washington Wyndham Hotel
103 East Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: 540-678-4700
Hotel Overview

For reservations please call 877-999-3223, mention you are with Civil War Trust for the group rate.
Group rate: $129++/night
Parking: $5/night
The last date to take advantage of this group rate is January 10, 2014. The room reservations may run out before that time, so please make your reservations early.

Please understand the hotel has strict early departure and no show policies and fees. If you forget to cancel your hotel room and don’t show up you will be charged one night’s room rate and tax. You must cancel your hotel room within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival date. If you leave earlier than your scheduled departure date you will also be charged one night’s room rate and tax. Late check-out fees may also apply.

Overflow Hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn
120 Wingate Drive
Winchester, Virginia

For reservation please call 540-722-8881, mention that you are with Civil War Trust for the group rate, or book online at
Group rate: $89++/night
Parking: Free
The last date to take advantage of this group rate is February 21, 2014. The room reservations may run out before that time, so please make your reservations early.

The Hilton Garden Inn is approximately 2 miles from The George Washington Wyndham. The bus will pick up and drop off for tours at this location on Saturday only.

Things to Do

If you are looking for additional things to see and do while you are in the Winchester area, please visit the following websites to find things that may be of interest to you:

Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park:
Old Court House Civil War Museum:
Additional sites on our Civil War Discovery Trail:
Long Branch Plantation:


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