“A Peculiarly Undesirable Place”
Martinsburg’s Civil War
Saturday, October 27, 2018
At the Civil War’s outset Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), the Shenandoah Valley’s second largest town, enjoyed a booming economy. However, the economic success Martinsburg enjoyed during its prewar years spelled its wartime demise. During the conflict the community changed hands thirty-seven times and was the scene of various military actions, not to mention the home of such important figures as Belle Boyd and David Hunter Strother. This fall join Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute for a special seminar and tour focusing on this border community’s oftentimes overlooked, yet important place as part of incessant war in the Shenandoah Valley. The seminar and tour will be conducted by MCWI’s director Jonathan Noyalas.
Schedule of Day’s Activities
10-10: 30 a.m. Check-in at Holiday Inn Martinsburg, 301 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401
10:30-11:30 a.m. Welcome and lecture by Prof. Jonathan A. Noyalas “Trusting That All This Will Work”: The Eastern Panhandle on the Eve of Civil War.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch at Holiday Inn (lunch included with registration)
12:30-4:30 p.m.: Caravan tour of sites illustrative of Martinsburg’s Civil War including Green Hill Cemetery, Union Hill, Courthouse Square, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, site of Colonnade Bridge, Railroad Shops, Boyd house, Faulkner home and others.
Registration fee of $25 covers morning lecture, lunch, handouts and afternoon tour. Carpooling is required for afternoon caravan tour as mass transportation would prohibit access to certain sites. Space is limited so register early! Please use registration form on the MCWI website. Questions about registration can be directed to Stephanie Swaim in the College of Arts and Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 540-545-7293. Other questions about the seminar can be directed to Prof. Noyalas at email@example.com or phone 540-665-4501.