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9/11/2013
19:00 Last Battle of Winchester
The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign,August 7 - September 19, 1864
by Scott C. Patchan, author
Wednesday, September 11 - 7:00 pm, Handley Library Auditorium

Sponsored by Friends of Handley Regional Library
The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 - September 19, 1864 is the first serious study to chronicle the Third Battle of Winchester. The September 1864 combat was the largest, longest, and bloodiest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley. What began about daylight did not end until dusk, when the victorious Union army routed the Confederates. It was the first time Stonewall Jackson’s former corps had ever been driven from a battlefield, and their defeat set the stage for the final climax of the 1864 Valley Campaign. Tactical brilliance and ineptitude were on display throughout the day-long affair as Phil Sheridan threw infantry and cavalry against the thinning Confederate ranks and Jubal Early and his generals shifted to meet each assault.

A final blow against Early’s left flank finally collapsed the Southern army, killed one of the Confederacy’s finest combat generals, and planted the seeds of the victory at Cedar Creek the following month.

Scott Patchan’s vivid prose, which is based upon more than two decades of meticulous research, is complimented with numerous original maps. Rich in analysis and character development, this book is certain to become a classic Civil War battle study.

A life-long student of military history, Scott C. Patchan is a graduate of James Madison University. He is the author of many articles and books, including Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign. Patchan serves as a Director on the board of the Kernstown Battlefield Association in Winchester, and is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s Resource Protection Committee.

Book signing will follow the program.

This program is free and open to the public.