If you are in the area, this afternoon at 4 P.M., Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park along with Shenandoah Valley Battlefields is hosting one of the many “150 years ago… on this day” events relating to the 1864 valley campaigns:
Location: Clarke County Recreation Area, West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fee Information: Free
Park Ranger Eric Campbell will examine this critical, but often overlooked, engagement that set up the Battle of 3rd Winchester. Meet for this two-hour car caravan tour at the Clarke County Recreation Area, West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.
A late afternoon mini-sesquicentennial get away, if you prefer. For those who cannot make it, here’s the park video:
I’ll be in attendance and tweeting – if the weather holds. I’ll attend rain or shine, but in the field tweeting is a fair weather experience. At a minimum, I’ll have some photos to add here.
Of course some would ask, “Action? What action?”
The fighting portion of Berryville was almost a minor affair compared to other actions that summer of 1864. Just a few hundred casualties on each side. Most of which fell in the area around the marker above. To the north, Federal artillery sat in a position too good for any direct attack without deliberate efforts. And Major-General Jubal-Early opted to withdraw.
Berryville was somewhat a battle that never became a battle. Like one of those summer afternoon storm clouds that develop – threatening a downpour, but only offering a light sprinkle. The thundershower would instead come two weeks later on the other side of Opequon Creek.