July 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. -- The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the Second Battle of Kernstown.
Highlights of the weekend include a special battlefield walking tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday conducted by widely-acclaimed author and historian Scott C. Patchan, who will describe the July 23, 1864 battle. A Civil War church service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by a 1 p.m. memorial service on Sunday will be dedicated to Union Colonel James Mulligan of the Irish Brigade. Mulligan was mortally wounded in front of the Pritchard House.
Several local authors will be available to discuss and sign their Civil War books, including "Searching for General Lee," by Barrett Dowell; "Ultimate Sacrifice at the Battle of Kernstown," by Roderick Gainer, chief curator of Arlington National Cemetery; "Civil War Winchester" and "Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, Virginia," by Jerry Holsworth, assistant archivist of Handley Regional Library; "The Last Battle of Winchester, Sheridan, Early and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign," "Shenandoah Summer, The 1864 Valley Campaign," "Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge" and "The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Raid on Staunton," by Scott C. Patchan; and "From Under Iron Eyelids," by Thomas K. Tate.
Other events will include live music, infantry drills and demonstrations, Civil War camp life demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, Pritchard House tours, a fashion show and a bake sale. Food and beverages will be available on site.
For more information, visit www.kernstownbattle.org.