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Road to Revolution in the Shenandoah Valley
Sat, June 3, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
When war broke out between England and France in 1754, the Shenandoah Valley was the frontline between the frontier and the more established British settlements. Fighting raged up and down the Valley and Winchester was an important staging ground for the British and colonial military as it wrestled with France and its native allies for control of North America.
While the war ended in 1763, but the Valley remained critical militarily. Fighting resuming against the Shawnee in 1774 during “Dunmore's War”, an event which contributed heavily to Virginia’s support of the Revolution one year later. Throughout the Revolutionary War, the Valley would provide leaders, soldiers and supplies to the war effort, host prisoners of war and even spark a Loyalist counterrevolution.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will explore how the “Road to Revolution” passed through the Valley on Saturday June 3 with a full day of noted authors and experts tracing its path from the French & Indian War through the American Revolution, as well as the material culture of this period:
- Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution David Preston, The Citadel
- Dunmore's War: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era Glenn Williams, U.S. Army Center of Military History
- "Every Presence is warlike, every Sound is martial!" The Revolutionary War in the Shenandoah Valley Todd Post
- "Of Sorts For Provincials": American Weapons of the French & Indian and Revolutionary Wars Jim Mullins, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- The Swords of George Washington Erik Goldstein, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation