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Civil War Lecture on the Battle of Tom’s Brook

Ongoing Opportunities

  • March 22 at 7:30 PM

After his victory at Fisher’s Hill, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan pursued Gen. Jubal Early’s army up the Shenandoah Valley to near Staunton. Reinforced by Brig. Gen. Joseph Kershaw’s division, Early followed Sheridan. Maj. Gen. Thomas Rosser arrived from Petersburg to take command of Fitz Lee’s cavalry division and harassed the Federals as they moved north. On October 9, 1864, Union Brig. Gen. Alfred Torbert’s troopers turned on their pursuers, routing the divided divisions of Rosser and Brig. Gen. Lunsford Lomax at Tom’s Brook, five miles south of Strasburg. The Confederate cavalry flight was referred to by Valley residents and victorious Union troopers as the "Woodstock Races.' The cavalry-on-cavalry fighting on the Back Road at Spiker's Hill pitted two former West Point roommates against one another--Tom Rosser and George Custer. The talk will be by William Miller.

No registration is required. Cost is $5 for non-members, payable at the talk.