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“This is an up and coming battlefield” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Third Winchester Battlefield

Third Winchester Battlefield
Rudbud Road, Winchester, VA
800-298-7878
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Ranked #10 of 19 Attractions in Winchester
Type: Battlefields
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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31 attraction reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“This is an up and coming battlefield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Although the Winchester area is now a Washington DC bedroom community and is replete with malls etc, the Civil War Trust in conjunction with the local Civil War organization in partnership with the National Park Service has been able to save some of the battlefield. Not the easiest to find as it is buried in a large manufactured home park or another entrance is just off I 81, but woth the visit if you enjoy Civil War sights. In fact the NPS has really improved the whole experience in the Valley Campaigns. There are a series of Civil War orientation centers starting in Winchester,Middletown and farther down Rt. 11. Any of these as well as the Cedar creek / Belle Grove sites can provide a wealth of information on the battlefields and the Civil War history of the area.

Visited March 2014
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Virginia
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42 attraction reviews
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“Walking Path for Nature/Civil War Enthusiasts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We did not have the time to walk the entire trail, and the Civil War battlefields around Winchester are not preserved like in Petersburg, Antietem, or Gettysburg, but the signage was good and it was beautiful countryside.

Visited October 2013
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Winchester
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“Third Winchester Battlefield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Third Winchester, which occurred September 19, 1864, was the largest clash between Confederate and Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during the Civil War. Two future United States presidents and the grandfather of George S. Patton fought in the battle, the ferocity of which was described by participants as being more hotly contested than Gettysburg. The area of the battlefield open to the public represents but a small part of the entire field fought over by troops during the battle but what has been preserved is nicely interpreted and represents some of the most vicious fighting that occurred on the site. Third Winchester was a pivotal battle resulting in a Union victory that opened the door to controlling the Valley by the Union, removing any Confederate force in strength and was one of several Union victories that propelled Lincoln into the White House for a second term. I'd highly recommend a tour of the Third Winchester Battlefield to anyone that has an interest in Civil War history or American history in general. The site is a wonderful place to run, walk and observe nature within the context of historical interpretation.

Visited May 2013
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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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“I visit here often.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I'm fortunate to live right across the main highway from this battlefield. It's a great educational opportunity as Winchester changed hands 72 times during the Civil War. Many local folk exercise here on a daily basis as the trails are great and the views across the meadows are lovely; there is a great mix of meadows and forests with improved trails in most locations.

Visited May 2013
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Homedale, Idaho
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29 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great Place to Walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are interested in reading about the Third Winchester Battle there are excellent signs identifying the terrain, buildings and army's involved in the battle. People also use the paths for walking and running. It appears that dogs on leashes are welcome. Was a wonderful morning walk with the various birds singing.

Visited October 2012
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