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|THURSDAY June 17, 2010
Cross Keys and Port Republic
Those mustering in the Upper Shenandoah met in the Muster HQ parking lot at 8:00 AM to leave for Harrisonburg, VA. Our first stop was at Chestnut Ridge and the Turner Ashby memorial. (Follow the map and directions in your packet compiled by “Lincoln Fan”) From there we headed to Cross Keys Battlefield, a few miles down the road.We stopped at the Union Church, which marked the approximate location of the Confederate left and Union Right. Here we saw and discussed the events of June 8, 1862 as Ewell and Fremont squared off against each other as part of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign against numerous Union armies.
Lunch was in Harrisonburg.
After Lunch we headed to Port Republic to see and discuss Stonewall’s final victory of the 1862 Valley Campaign.
At the Lewiston Coaling we see the site of, and discuss the Battle of Port Republic on 9 June 1862 between Jackson’s Confederates and Brig. Gen. Erastus Tyler’s Federals. We then followed in the footsteps of Brig. Gen. Richard Taylor’s Louisiania Brigade by storming the Coaling to take in the excellent view of the battlefield it provides.
On our return to Lexington and Muster HQ there was a tailgate party in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn (Muster HQ) starting at 6:30. The Menu for the Tailgate party included hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts all grilled and with the appropriate condiments, baked beans, deviled eggs, fruit salad, veggie platter and potato salad. A BYOB event.
Our packets also included places to see and visit in Lexington wanting to explore the town further.
June 18, 2010
The evening found us meeting together to discuss what we had seen that day.
SATURDAY June 19, 2010
The evening festivities will include our annual Mustering Out banquet in the Mountain Shadows Room of the Holiday Inn Express catered by Tbone’s Grill. Michael Aubrecht, chatroom member and speaker for the evening, plans to address the topic of "Jackson's Journey: Stonewall in the Valley". A special treat for musterers will be an Exclusive preview of the documentary movie, The Angel of Marye's Heights, which Michael has co-produced. Other events will be the annual Book Exchange, the awarding of the GGoOG* for 2010-2011, announcement of next year’s muster destination and Bluelady presenting her original musical composition, The Whippoorwill’s Lament.