Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 10/09/00

Local Residents to Rally in Support of Stephenson's Depot Battlefield

(Stephenson, Va.) - More than 137 years after a struggle that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee referred to as "the Thermopylae of the war," the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and local residents will gather on Stephenson's Depot battlefield to protest the proposed rezoning of this historic site. The rally will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, near the location of the Virginia Civil War Trails wayside on Milburn Road in Stephenson.

The rally is being organized by a group of concerned local citizens calling themselves "Defend the Depot." Defend the Depot is actively circulating petitions urging the Frederick County Board of Supervisors to deny a request to rezone the battlefield from rural agricultural to light and heavy industrial usage.

Speaking at the event will be CWPT President James Lighthizer and local author and historian Dr. Brandon Beck. Dr. Beck is the author of several books on the battles around Winchester. His most recent book is about Confederate Gen. Cullen A. Battle and the 3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment.

The battle of Stephenson's Depot was fought on June 15, 1863, when Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell sought to cut off the retreat of a Federal army under Maj. Gen. Robert Milroy. The bulk of the fighting occurred along the Old Charles Town Road, where a handful of Rebels bravely held off vastly superior forces until reinforcements arrived. The appearance of these reinforcements marked the turning point of the battle, and led to the surrender of nearly 3,000 Union troops - a substantial portion of Milroy's army.

WHAT: Rally in Support of Stephenson's Depot Battlefield.

WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 6 p.m.

WHO: CWPT President Jim Lighthizer and local Civil War author and historian Brandon Beck.

WHERE: Stephenson, Va., at the Virginia Civil War Trail wayside marker on Milburn Rd. From Winchester, take U.S. Route 11 north 2 miles. Take a right on to Old Charles Town Rd. (State Route 781). Milburn Rd. is the first road on the right.

With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. CWPT's website is located at


  • Jim Campi (CWPT) 
    (202) 367-1861

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