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The Bushong Farm was at the center of the battlefield where VMI cadets fought at New Market (Photo: Garrett Peck)
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was both a crucial invasion route and the breadbasket for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and as a result, it was a much-fought-over region. The town of New Market was the site one of the most significant small battles of the war, in which a corps of VMI cadets fought on May 15, 1864 to turn back a Union invasion of the valley. The Confederate defeat at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill four months later opened the valley to invasion and destruction of the vital crops that fed Robert E. Lee’s army.
Join author, historian, and VMI alumnus Garrett Peck on a tour of these two critical 1864 battlefields. The route between the sites covers 30 miles along the historic Valley Pike, a macadamized turnpike (now U.S. Route 11) that was widely used by both sides during the war. Participants visit the natural fortress of Rude’s Hill (site of Stonewall Jackson’s camp during the 1862 Valley Campaign, and also the Union last stand during New Market), as well as the much-admired 1892 Meem’s Bottom covered bridge.
A picnic box lunch is included. A follow-up tour, Cedar Creek and the Lost Cause, is planned for fall.
Fringe stop at about 8:25 a.m.
Dress for outdoor walking.
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
Fringe: Vienna Metro, south side Kiss & Ride