(Winchester, Va.) – On Thursday, March 23, the Civil War Trust will join with Virginia preservation leaders to announce the permanent protection of historic properties at Kernstown battlefield. The tiny wartime hamlet of Kernstown witnessed the start of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's legendary campaign through the Shenandoah Valley in 1862. Two years later, a decisive Confederate victory led by Jubal Early prompted Philip Sheridan to take command of the Union Army of the Shenandoah and begin another bloody advance through the valley.
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Kernstown battlefield. Joining Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer at the event will be Kernstown Battlefield Association President Steve Vaughn and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation CEO Keven Walker. The street address for the event is 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, Va.
Following remarks, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the battlefield and 1854 Pritchard House. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.
WHAT: Preservation Celebration at Kernstown Battlefield
WHO: Civil War Trust, Kernstown Battlefield Association and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
WHEN: Thursday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. ET
WHERE: Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Dr., Winchester, Va.
The Civil War Trust is the premier nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved 45,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states, including 388 acres at Kernstown and more than 23,000 acres in Virginia.
The Civil War Preservation Trust became the Civil War Trust in January 2011; the Civil War Trust became a division of the American Battlefield Trust in May 2018. Campaign 1776 was created in 2014 as an initiative of the Civil War Trust; in May 2018 it became the Revolutionary War Trust, a division of the American Battlefield Trust.