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.




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 fine Winchester establishment

Saturday, June 28

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

Lunch at The Butcher Block Buffet, Stephens City, Virginia

Dinner at the Strasburg Inn

Sunday, June 29

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

A review of “The 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
Box Lunch on Bus Ride to Winchester
Battle of 2nd Kernstown - Opequon Church
Battle of Second Kernstown - Confederate Attack Site
Battle of 2nd Kernstown - Pritchard Farm
Dinner in Winchester


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: Merritt and Custer attack
Lunch at the Butcher Block, Stephen's City
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



Shepherd University Phi Alpha Theta Civil War Symposium on

the Battle of Shepherdstown

April 4-5, 2014,
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

The Shepherd University chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Fraternity cordially invites you to be part our first ever Civil War Symposium. The event will be dedicated in its entirety to the Battle of Shepherdstown and the Maryland Campaign of 1862, and will consist of a night of lectures as well as a tour of the Shepherdstown Battlefield.

Attending both Friday night's lectures and Saturday's battlefield tour has been priced at $50 per individual – this also includes catering Friday night as well as a binder of maps, reading material, and coupons for local businesses in the Shepherdstown area for you to enjoy. All proceeds will go directly to Phi Alpha Theta so we may continue to hold events such as this and keep history alive throughout our campus and community.


Friday,  April 4, 2014
Location:         Erma Ora Byrd Building, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
Time:               8-10PM
Event:             Lectures on Shepherdstown and the Maryland Campaign by Dr. Matthew Foulds, Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta, Shepherd University History Department; and Jim Rosebrock, Antietam Battlefield Guide.

Saturday,  April 5, 2014
Location:         Shepherdstown Battlefield, Shepherdstown, WV
Time:               10AM
Event:             Tour of the Shepherdstown Battlefield led by Maryland Campaign expert and author Tom Clemens, Antietam Battlefield Guide, Save  Historic Antietam Foundation

If you are interested in participating in our symposium, please RSVP to by preferably March 21, 2014.   Your check should be made payable to Phi Alpha Theta and can be sent to our Treasurer at 39 Ryan Court, Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443.

Should you have further questions, please direct them to:  William R. Griffith IV at (908)752-9075,  or .

If you are traveling and will require lodging, there are multiple hotels available within a mile of Shepherd University's campus:

  • Bavarian Inn
    164 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
    (304) 876-2551
  • Clarion Hotel
    233 Lowe Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
    (304) 876-7000
                *If booking here, mention you are part of the Civil War Symposium for a discounted rate – must be completed over the phone.
  • Comfort Inn
    70 Maddex Square Drive, Shepherdstown, WV, US, 25443
    (304) 876-3160
  •             *If booking here, mention you are part of the Civil War Symposium for a discounted rate – must be completed over the phone