The Civil War and American Society Seminar

"The Summer of 1864"

June 26 - 29, 2014

presented by
The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia


Our Scholar in Residence this year is Dr. Brooks Simpson, Foundation Professor, Department of History, Arizona State University.  He authored Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000); a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Book of the Month Club Selection, and A History Book Club Main Selection.  He also wrote The Collapse of the Confederacy (Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, 2001); a History Book Club Selection.  

Expert tour guide, Scott Patchan, and Civil War author of Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign” will give us an all-day tour of the Battlefield at Monocacy, Frederick, Maryland.  He hopes to include the launching of the campaign north, the railroad junction at Monocacy, pictures and discussion of Fort Stevens (near Washington DC), the attempt made to free of prisoners at Pt. Lookout, the Invalid Corps who were garrisoned in DC, the one day delay for General Early when they brought full corps into DC from the Richmond / Petersburg area.  A tour of the battlefields at Second Kernstown, Third Winchester, and Fisher’s Hill will round out the tour on the second day of Civil War tours.

Hosting our seminar this year will be Dr. Matthew Foulds, assistant professor of History at Shepherd University.  He will give an overview of the significance of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.


A late addition! Dr. Tom Clemens recently retired from Hagerstown Community College where he taught mostly U.S. History and Civil War. Tom is also the long-time president of the Save History Antietam Foundation, Inc. and an ardent aficionado of the Battle of Antietam. His recent publications include The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (two volumes: South Mountain; Antietam). Tom will host the seminar and lead the discussion on Sunday morning.



Thursday, June 26

Registration in the Lobby of the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies (adjacent to the Scarborough Library) 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Overview of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign – Matt Foulds, Assistant Professor of History, Shepherd University

Meal at The Station at Shepherdstown, food provided by The Toast Catering

Key Note address – Brooks Simpson, Foundation Professor, Department of History, Arizona State University

Friday, June 27

All-day tour of the Monocacy Battlefield and the Battle of Second Kernstown – Scott Patchan, expert tour guide and Civil War author of “Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign”

Boxed meals will be provided for lunch

Dinner at some Butcher Block Buffet in Stephens City, Virginia

Saturday, June 28

All-day tour of the Third Battle of Winchester and Fishers Hill -- Scott Patchan

Boxed meals will be provided for lunch

Dinner at the Wayside Inn in Middletown, Virginia

Sunday, June 29

Coffee, tea, water and early morning goodies in the Lobby of the Byrd Center

A review of “Summer of 1864”: Panel discussion with scholars and audience


Detailed tour bus itinerary

This is the itinerary for Friday, June 27
Orientation at Visitor's Center
Junction and River
Worthington Farm
Araby Farm
Final U.S. Line
Battle of 2nd Kernstown - Opequon Church, Confederate Attack Site, Pritchard Farm

This is the itinerary for Saturday, June 28
Spout Spring/Berryville Pike - Sheridan's Cavalry Pre-Dawn Attack
Sheridan's HQ on the Berryville Pike - Battle Overview
1st and 2nd Woods and the Middle Field, Sheridan's Infantry Attacks, Confederate Counterattacks
Fort Collier - The Grandest Charge of the War: Merrit and Custer attack
Fisher's Hill - Original Valley Pike and Bridge Remnants
Begin driving tour of Union Approach from the west along North Mountain
Walking Tour of Ramseur's Hill and the Battle of Fisher's Hill