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On Saturday, September 24 (9:30am - 10:30am)

Prof. Jonathan A. Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute will lead a walking tour,

"A Theme for a poet... A Scene for the Painter's": Fort Collier and the Third Battle of Winchester.

The approximately one-hour tour will highlight Fort Collier's construction, the Stine family's Civil War experience, emphasize the fort's role during the Third Battle of Winchester, and explore the ways the Union cavalry charge which broke Confederate general Jubal Early's army "into a thousand fragments under the shock" was immortalized in poetry, song and film.

The program is free and open to the public.
Fort Collier is located at 922 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester, VA.
No pre-registration required.

 
 
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The Third Battle of Winchester culminated at Fort Collier, where on the afternoon of September 19, 1864, Union General George Armstrong Custer led the largest cavalry charge in American history and stormed the Confederate infantrymen positioned at Fort Collier’s earthworks. This was the bloodiest and most decisive of the clashes in the Shenandoah Valley campaign that year. It tore the strategic initiative from Confederate hands, laid open the Valley to the “Great Burning,” and along with the fall of Atlanta (September 2) and Sheridan’s victory at Cedar Creek (October 19), propelled President Lincoln to reelection in November.
 
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