September 14, 2009

Expand this Battlefield Park at Winchester

The Civil War Preservation Trust is struggling to raise enough money to preserve 209 additional acres at the Third Winchester Battlefield. See their Save Third Winchester page. It has some good links as well as basic information.

Over the past few years, interpretative signs and some very nice trails have been added at Third Winchester. Local residents enjoy walking, jogging, and riding bikes there, and of course Civil War buffs come from far away to view the battlefield.

The sign below is one of several at the Redbud Road entrance to the battlefield park. It tells of famous people who were present at the battle. They included two future presidents, two senators, a state governor, and several military leaders. The portraits on the marker are of Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley, John B. Gordon, Henry A. DuPont, Fitzhugh Lee, Phil Sheridan, George Custer, Emory Upton, Jubal Early, and Wesley Merritt. For the full text, see "A Gathering of Future Leaders" at

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