Close to a dozen events are planned for the “1863 in the Valley” weekend in Winchester, Va. and the immediate area that includes battlefield and historic house tours, lectures, book signings and a screening of “Gone With the Wind” under the stars. Most events are free.
The event is an annual Civil War commemoration sponsored by the city of Winchester, and counties of Frederick and Clarke.
A two-hour tour of the Cedar Creek battlefield that follows the chronological events of Oct. 19, 1864 is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. That same day at the same location, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will present a living history event with re-enactors portraying the Confederate Cavalry. The Belle Grove mansion, which is located on the battlefield, will host tours on Aug. 17 and 18 for a $12 fee. The battlefield and the mansion are part of the public/private Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park which is a cluster of historic properties that are privately owned as well as some owned by the National Park Service.
On Aug. 17, Gettysburg College professor Daniel T. Booz will speak at 11 a.m. on “The Gettysburg Campaign,” and Lord Fairfax Community College professor and director of the Center for Civil War History Jonathan A. Noyalas is scheduled to discuss “Emancipation in Stephens City, Virginia” at 2 p.m. in Stephens City.
On Aug. 17, at 3 p.m., historian Scott Patchan will sign his newest book, “The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7-September 19, 1864” in Winchester.
Also on Aug, 17, at 8 p.m., “Gone With the Wind” will be shown on the lawn of Historic Long Branch in Millwood. Prior to the movie, Long Branch director Nicholas Redding will provide an introduction to the film and advise attendees on how to evaluate the historic accuracy of the classic movie. The cost is $8 per car.