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Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Civil War contest: Name that coffee!

The morning coffee blend is sweet and smooth, the afternoon version is robust and full bodied, but neither of them has a name. In an effort to bring attention to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation fund-raising efforts, a contest is under way to name the blends created for the foundation by a local business, Cabin Creek Roasters.

The contest coincides with the 150th anniversary of Confederate Major General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s famous Valley Campaign, when his army of 17,000 bested a combined Union force of 60,000 in what is now northwestern Virginia. His men marched more than 640 miles in 48 days—earning the nickname of Jackson’s “foot cavalry” — and won five battles.

The foundation suggests the Valley Campaign might serve as an inspiration for contest entries. The winners, to be picked by foundation staff, will each receive two pounds of the coffee they have named.

The foundation’s logo will appear on the bags of coffee as it already does on two wines made by Cave Ridge Vineyards . A portion of each sale of the wine or the coffee will go to the battlefield preservation group.

The contest closes on Jan. 27. Entries should be sent to Chase Milner at info@svbf.net .

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By Linda Wheeler  |  06:40 AM ET, 01/09/2012

 
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