The KBA is a 
non-profit
 501(c)3 
all volunteer 
corporation 
whose mission
 is to protect 
and interpret
 this Civil War 
Battlefield 
for the 
benefit of
all future 
generations.


Follow the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails for insights
 into the events of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown ... 
browse the battlefield Visitor Center to learn details of the history ... 
see the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of 
Samuel and Helen Pritchard huddled in the cellar 
waiting for quiet to return to their farm.  
This and more await visitors to this pristine 
388-acre Civil War battlefield park.


Follow the Kernstown Battlefield walking trails for insights
 into the events of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown ... 
browse the battlefield Visitor Center to learn details of the history ... 
see the 1854 Pritchard House where the family of 
Samuel and Helen Pritchard huddled in the cellar 
waiting for quiet to return to their farm.  
This and more await visitors to this pristine 
388-acre Civil War battlefield park.
Above:  Map of First Battle of Kernstown as drawn by 
Jedediah Hotchkiss, Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's cartographer.

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NEWS IN BRIEF
Second Battle of Kernstown Commemoration
Saturday, July 24

      The Kernstown Battlefield will host a walking and driving tour of the Second Battle of Kernstown, stopping at key battle locations on and around the battlefield property. The Second Battle of Kernstown was one of the most lopsided defeats suffered by the Union in its Valley of Humiliation throughout the war and avenged Stonewall Jackson’s only defeat at the scene of the action. Come and learn more about the battle that saw 1,200 Union soldiers become casualties while Jubal Early’s Confederates lost only 200 men in what Virginia Sergeant John Worsham called the “most easily won victory” of the war. 


     Accomplished Civil War author Scott Patchan, known for his books, “Shenandoah Summer” and “Last Battle of Winchester”, will lead the tour.  While there is no cost for the tour, your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.


     The tour will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the battlefield Visitors Center where Scott will provide an overview of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and explain how Southern General Jubal A. Early ended up facing off against Union commander General George Crook at Kernstown on July 24, 1864.   


     After the overview, we will move to several areas of the historic battlefield throughout the Kernstown and Stephen’s City area. Weather permitting, anticipated tour stops include Newtown (Stephen’s City), Bartonville, Sandy Ridge, Opequon Church, Middle Road, Pritchard’s Hill and Lane, and the location of General John C. Breckinridge’s flank attack on the east side of I-81.


     To register for the tour, click HERE.


Ground Penetrating Radar Survey 
Reveals Gravesites at Kernstown Battlefield
     With only one headstone visible, it's always been a guess as to how many graves occupy the family cemetery on Pritchard's Hill. On April 8th a GPR survey was done at the site by GeoModel, a Leesburg,VA company specializing in GPR. 
      Thanks to the survey we now know that there are at least 14 graves in close proximity surrounding the lone standing headstone. Two days after the survey volunteers recovered two additional headstones, long buried just beneath the surface of the ground. 
          It is known that there could be at least 20 graves in the cemetery, some dating from the 18th century. Because of their age and the continuous farming activity on the land surrounding them, they could not all be identified by GPR. However, we are delighted with this new knowledge. The KBA will continue to investigate.
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New in 2020: CW Field Hospital Exhibit

        Ever wonder about medical care on the battlefields during the Civil War? Visitors touring the Pritchard House now get a first-hand glimpse into the 
workings of a Civil War Field Hospital.
The exhibit was donated to the KBA by Susi Weston and Bru Randall who, for many years, had used the exhibit as an educational tool at Civil War 
reenactment events.
The exhibit is filled with many artifacts as well as reproduction instruments. Docents are there to explain their uses and offer a hands-on 
approach to learning.
If you can't drop by to experience this exhibit before November 1st (our last open day for this season), then plan a trip for 2021. The Battlefield reopens the first weekend in May.

Susi Weston demonstrates uses for some of the instruments on the blood smeared operating table. 
Bru Randall holds a replica severed arm used as a teaching tool