SVBF event marks 160th anniversary of Battle of Cross Keys

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The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation invites you to participate in a series of programs to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Cross Keys, fought on June 8, 1862.

On June 10 and 11, the foundation will present a series of shows that will provide in-depth insight into the battle where Confederate General Richard Ewell defeated Union General John C. Fremont on the beautiful rolling landscape of the Cross Keys.

Visitors will be able to watch live artillery demonstrations on the famous Artillery Ridge, as well as tours and programs that take you through the entire battlefield following the same steps as the soldiers of the 15th Alabama Infantry.


friday june 10

  • 4:00 p.m. – Turner Ashby Monument. A program of the June 6, 1862 skirmish at Chestnut Ridge (aka the Battle of Harrisonburg) and the days leading up to the Battle of Cross Keys, including a look at the death of Confederate General Turner Ashby.

Saturday June 11

  • 9:00 a.m. – Union Church (Cross Keys – Mill Creek Ruritan Hall). Opening speech by Keven Walker, followed by an SVBF Ranger program setting the stage for the Battle of Cross Keys.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Artillery Ridge. An in-depth discussion of Artillery Ridge (aka Mill Creek Ridge), the main Confederate defensive line during the battle.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Artillery ridge. Artillery demonstration and talk by the living history group Breadbasket Artillery.
  • 1:00 p.m. – East Artillery Ridge. A program examining the Confederate advance from the Artillery Ridge to Widow Pence Farm.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Widow Pence Farm. A program at the site of the “Massacre of the 8th New York”, the most crucial action of the battle, where the unsuspecting Federals walked into a Confederate ambush. The program will highlight the fights between the 8th New York and the 16th Mississippi.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Artillery ridge. A demonstration of artillery by the living history group Breadbasket Artillery.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Goods Mill battlefield site. A program at the site of Confederate General Isaac Trimble’s aggressive advance on the right side of the Confederate line.

The programs are free, but pre-registration is required. (To help with logistics and planning.) Registrations will receive additional information prior to events. To register, click here. For more information, send an e-mail to [email protected]

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