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Civil War programs commemorate 150th anniversary

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and its partners will commemorate the Second Battle of Winchester's 150th anniversary with a series of programs for young and old this weekend. The battle was a pivotal clash during Gen. Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg Campaign.

This weekend's programs will reflect on the battle and its impact and spotlight the sites in Winchester and Frederick County that still tell its history today. The programs will give residents and visitors the chance to experience the story of these pivotal events at the sites where they happened to see history come to life on hallowed ground.

For more information, visit www.ShenandoahAtWar.org, call 540-740-4545 or email theder@svbf.net.

June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Voyagers Capture Star Fort! is a youth program featuring living history, education and Civil War-era games, including hoops and sticks, graces, Jacob's ladders and 19th century style toys and amusements. Presented by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 10th Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Star Fort, Fortress Drive and U.S. 522, Winchester. Free.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- "You Are There": Living History at Star Fort will host living historians to portray Confederate and Union troops who clashed during the Second Battle of Winchester. An opportunity to interact with top-flight reenactors and learn more about soldiers' experiences both during the chaos of battle, and during the quieter times of everyday camp life. Presented by the 10th Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Star Fort, Fortress Drive and U.S. 522, Winchester. Free.

Additionally, a new printed battlefield driving tour for the Second Battle of Winchester will be available this weekend at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center and Civil War Orientation Center (1400 South Pleasant Valley Road) to pick up a copy of the tour, then use it to follow along with the course of the battle as you visit key battlefield sites. The tour will also be available at Star Fort during the commemorative programs today.


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