B4 The World on Fire: Sheridan's 1864 Shenandoah Campaign
The Shenandoah Valley was a scene of almost constant fighting during the Civil War, but Sheridan's 1864 Shenandoah Campaign brought a level of ferocious combat and fiery destruction that dwarfed the earlier struggles. Dispatched to end the region's role as a "Valley of Humiliation" for the North, Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan won a series of smashing victories that, coupled with the devastation of the "The Burning," gave the Union permanent control of the Valley and helped ensure Abraham Lincoln's reelection. This course will look back at the campaign - one of the truly pivotal campaigns of the war - including epic battles such as Third Winchester, colorful personalities such as Jubal A. Early, John Mosby, and George Custer, dramatic events such as "Sheridan's Ride," and the heartbreaking story of "The Burning."
Instructors: Keven M. Walker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. Walker came to the National Historic District from the Antietam National Battlefield, where he served for 11 years as Cultural Resources Program Manager and Historian. He is a member of the National Park Service's national advisory team on cultural resources and historic preservation. Walker was formerly the Executive Director of The Walker Foundation for Historic Preservation in Charles Town, West Virginia. He is the author of Antietam: A Guide to the Landscape and Farmsteads, published in 2010.
Terry Heder is the Director of Interpretation, Education, and History for the National Historic District. He oversees the organization's interpretive, educational, historical, visitor services, partnership, and communications programs in the eight-county district. He develops National Historic District and partnership interpretive projects - district-wide, regional, thematic, and battlefield-specific interpretive efforts - including interpretive trails, markers, print materials, web and digital projects, tours, and events. He also oversees the organization's conferences, youth activities, and museums and orientation centers.
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