A Student of History

October 15, 2006

Civil War Tour in Oct.

Filed under: Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 12:54 am

University ’s McCormick Civil War Institute 11th Annual Fall Tour “First
”: October 27 & 28, 2006

University ’s History and Tourism Center (HTC) invites the public to attend the McCormick Civil War Institute fall tour, October 27 & 28, 2006. This exciting tour turns to the Civil War’s first grand battle – the Battle of Manassas (
Bull Run ), which took place on July 21, 1861.The two armies, each untrained and unready for combat, were the largest in American history at that time. The invading Union army launched its first “On to Richmond” campaign determined to cross Bull Run Creek, defeat the Confederate force guarding the crossing sites, and seize control of Manassas Junction, where the Orange and Alexandria and Manassas Gap railroads met. The battle was soon eclipsed in scale, notably by the Battle of Shiloh, but in July 1861 it was the largest battle ever on American soil.

The defeated Union army, commanded by General Irvin McDowell, lost 500 men killed, had 1,051 wounded and lost another 1,210 who were missing or captured. Driven back to
Washington , the army would have to prove its resiliency under a new commander in the spring of 1862.The victorious Confederates, commanded on the field by General P.G.T. Beauregard, lost 407 men and had 1,635 wounded. Two Confederate generals lost their lives, but a new Confederate general emerged alongside Beauregard – General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

Tour highlights include a track-side tour at Piedmont Station (Delaplane), Sudley Springs Ford,

Church , the

Bridge , Farm Ford, Mathews Hill and Henry House Hill, with historians Jonathan A. Noyalas, Dr. Brandon H. Beck and Stephen Lee Ritchie.For more information about the eleventh annual McCormick Civil War Institute fall tour, visit www.theknowledgepoint.org or call the Shenandoah University History and

Center at (540) 535-3543.Shenandoah University’s History and Tourism Center – The Knowledge Point serves as a primary resource and authority for history and historical research, heritage studies and tourism-product development, where the community and tourism industry come together to gain knowledge about the Northern Shenandoah Valley region.

The McCormick Civil War Institute provides educational focus and outreach in Civil War studies. The Institute, which is partially funded through private support, highlights the vital role
Winchester and the lower
Shenandoah Valley played in the Civil War. The Institute offers one-day fall tours to important Virginia Civil War destinations each year.


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