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During the winter of 1861-62,General Thomas Jackson had his headquarters at Winchester. By March 1862 he moved south - up the Valley as Union forces occupy Winchester. After an initial setback at the First Battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, he retreated south and quickly recovered. In May, after a feint to the east, he headed west, up into the mountains of Highland County. Here he turned back Union troops at the village of McDowell (May 8th). He then turned north and marched his army more than 100 miles before defeating Federal forces under General Nathaniel Banks at Front Royal (May 23) and Winchester (May 25).

Jackson pursued Banks further north, almost to Harper’s Ferry. In early June, two separate Union armies of 20,000 each moved to unite near Strasburg to crush Jackson in a trap. Jackson raced south, eluding the trap, while two north­ern armies pursuing him on the either side of the Massanutten Mountain, which runs down the spine of the Shenando­ah Valley. At the Massanutten’s southern tip, Jackson’s army fought masterful back-to-back battles at Cross Keys (June 8th) and Port Republic (June 9th) preventing the Federals from combining.

With swift marching, deception, counter-marching, and sheer boldness, Jackson had conducted one of the most audacious and brilliant campaigns in American military history. With only 18,000 men, marching several hundred miles over a course of a few weeks, Jackson inflicted twice as many casualties as he suffered, seized countless supplies, and tied up elements of three separate Federal armies totaling more than 60,000 men that would otherwise have been used against Richmond.

Sights we will see: Jackson’s Headquarters at Winchester, Front Royal, the Running Fight and Jackson’s Retreat to Staustown. March 23, 1862, First Kernstown Battle; May 23, 1862, Front Royal Battle; May 24, 1862, Running Fight; May 25, 1862, First Winchester Battle and June 1, 1862, and Jackson’s Retreat to Straustown.

Our guide: Eric A. Campbell, is a twenty-two year veteran of the National Park Service. He has worked at Gettys­burg National Military Park as a ranger-historian. Previous to Gettysburg he worked at Independence NHP in Philadelphia. His book, “A Grand Terrible Dramma”; From Gettysburg to Petersburg, the Civil War Letters of Charles Wellington Reed,” a bugler of the 9th Massachusetts Battery and Medal of Honor recipient..

The price of the trip is $95. This includes round-trip deluxe motor-coach transportation from Hummelstown Lower Dauphin High School, at 6:00 a.m., and the Camp Hill Radisson Hotel at 6:30 a.m., driver gratuity, admission fees and National Park Service guide.

CHANGED: A sit-down lunch at the WAYSIDE INN, Est 1797, is included ... changed from a box-lunch. Same overall cost. It is an elegantly restored colonial stage-coach stop and the oldest continuously operated INN in the United States. I think you’ll enjoy it. You’ll see many historically interesting artifacts. Dinner will be on your own on the return trip.

Registration Information

To register, complete the form below and mail it to Sheldon Munn, Harrisburg CWRT Field Trip, 1483 Maplewood Drive, New Cumberland, PA 17070.  Your $25 deposit will hold your seat, with the balance due by March 11, 2015.  Cancellations received before March 11, 2015 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after March 11, will receive refund ONLY if the open seat has been filled by another person. Check payable to HBG CWRT. Questions/information to Sheldon Munn 717.770.0235 or email:


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