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the October 2017 Tom’s Brook Tour

We are Sorry! Our October tour is full.

You may get on the stand-by list by calling (540) 740-4545


On October 8 and 9, 1864, some 8,000 cavalrymen and artilleryman converged on the hills and ridges above Tom’s Brook in Shenandoah County, Virginia. A century and a half later, we lead a very limited number of tours in which we take small groups of history lovers to stand on those same hills and ridges and walk over that same terrain where the soldiers fought. There we discuss the men and events of the controversial Battle of Tom’s Brook and the famous “Woodstock Races.”

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Bill Miller points out a key landmark during a November 2016 private tour for Ed Bearss, historian emeritus for the National Park Service.

Our Tom’s Brook Tours are limited to eight (8) participants to allow for a more personal experience. Though we will gladly arrange for a private tour in any season, we schedule only two public tours each year — one in April and one in October on the Saturday nearest the anniversary of the battle.

“One of the hidden gems of Virginia Civil War battlefield tours. So much to see and learn about Civil War action in the Valley and it is presented to you by an expert on the actual sites where it all happened 152 years ago. I look forward to taking the tour again in the Fall.”                                              Steve Rother, Springfield, Va


Where We Go:

At our assembly point in Mt. Jackson, everybody receives an information packet including detailed maps. In our touring van we travel a 60-mile route off the beaten tracks through the famous farmland that made the Shenandoah “the Breadbasket of the Confederacy.” We use only historic roads in following in the hoofprints of the cavalry columns. Stops will include sites connected with “The Burning” in the days before the battle, the battlefield of October 9, 1864, and the Woodstock Races.

Click here to see images from previous tours.


Who Should Go:

Anyone interested in history, personalities and great scenery. We focus on the story and the people behind Tom’s Brook. We explain what happened, but we are more interested in why and how things happened. Some ideas we talk about include:

  • The influence of a military commander’s personality on events. Custer’s strong personality is well known, Rosser’s is not, and it was Rosser who drove events at Tom’s Brook.
  • Logistics. What roles did weak horses, bad roads, thousands of sheep and insufficient food play in the story of Tom’s Brook?
  • The four stages of a cavalry battle and a simple, straightforward explanation of cavalry tactics.
  • How Tom’s Brook offers a prime example of the influence of terrain on the conduct of an engagement.
  • The influence of fear and panic on the battlefield.

“One of the most educational and enjoyable days I have ever spent on a Civil War battlefield was when Bill Miller was our guide at Tom’s Brook. His expertise and his engaging personality made it an extremely memorable occasion.”
                                                   Marshall Krolick, Chicago Civil War Round Table

Tour Information Illustration 65 October 2017

Guide:

A former teacher, Bill Miller has led battlefield tours for the National Park Service, the U.S. Marines Combat Development Command, the Civil War Trust, the University of Virginia, the Civil War Society and many other groups. His book telling the Tom’s Brook story was published in June 2016.

“In April 2015 and a year later in April 2016, some friends and I had the opportunity to have Bill Miller guide us over the Tom’s Brook battlefield. Although I had taken other tours, Bill’s was the best.  The sites he selected for his presentations of the battle were excellent.  His analysis and clear explanations of both the phases and leaders in the fight gave me a much better understanding of the battle.  They were great tours.”
Horace Mewborn, author of From Mosby’s Command

Registration Options:

We are Sorry! Our October tour is full.

You may get on the stand-by list by calling (540) 740-4545

Seats are limited to eight (8). Pay for your seat now via PayPal, and it will be reserved immediately. You have two registration options.

  1. Purchase one or more seats for the tour — Total of $65 each.
  2. Purchase one or more seats for the tour at the regular price and add one autographed copy of Decision at Tom’s Brook at the discount price of $20 (33% off cover price) — Total of $85 for one seat plus the book.

Option 1: Yes, please register me for ONE SEAT on the October 7, 2017 tour at the regular price of $65. I understand that I can cancel my registration for a full refund before September 25, 2017, but cannot receive a refund if I cancel on or after that date.

Please do not register. The October 2017 tour is full. To pre-register for the April 2018 tour, drop us an email at blacktreemedia1@gmail.com

Option 1

Option 1 = Just one seat for the Tour

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Want More Than One Seat? No problem, though our e-commerce software makes the process a bit clunky. If you wish two or more seats, just send us an email telling us how many seats you need, and we will make things easy. Don’t use PayPal? You can make your reservation for single seats or multiple seats by U.S. mail with a check for $65.00 per seat payable to:

Black Tree Media
P.O. Box 2083
Staunton, VA 24401

 Questions? Contact: blacktreemedia1@gmail.com


Option 2: Yes, please register me ONE SEAT on the October 7, 2017 tour at the regular price of $65 AND send me an autographed copy of Decision at Tom’s Brook for only $20 more. I understand that the book will be mailed to me immediately upon receipt of my payment, so I can read it before the tour. I also understand that I can cancel my registration for a full refund before September 25, 2017, but cannot receive a refund if I cancel on or after that date.

Please do not register. The October 2017 tour is full. To pre-register for the April 2018 tour, drop us an email at blacktreemedia1@gmail.com

Option 2

Option 2 = Tour + Book

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  If you are using Option 2, be sure to include a mailing address in the registration form below so we know where to send your autographed book. If you wish, you may make your reservation by U.S. mail with a by check for $65.00 per seat plus $20.00 for the book ($85 total) payable to:

Black Tree Media
P.O. Box 2083
Staunton, VA 24401

Questions? Contact: blacktreemedia1@gmail.com


Don’t delay. Register today for a memorable autumn day filled with history, learning, scenic beauty and friendship.


How to Get There

Meet in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, before 9:00 a.m. Mt. Jackson is 90 miles west of the Capital Beltway via interstate highways.

Directions: From I-81, use Exit 273 (Mt. Jackson-Baseye). At the top of the ramp, turn east (toward the Sheetz truck stop) on Rte. 292 (Mt. Jackson-Conicville Rd.). Proceed past the Sheetz and down the hill to the junction with the Old Valley Pike (Rte. 11). Proceed straight across the Valley Pike into Mt. Jackson Center shopping plaza. As you enter the plaza, you will pass the small “First Bank” on the right. If you see a Food Lion across the parking lot to your front, you are in the right place. Once in the lot, bear right. We will assemble on the west side of the parking lot just behind the First Bank (closest to the bank and farthest from the Food Lion). According to Google Maps, the assembly point is at 38.758857, -78.628588.

Contact: blacktreemedia1@gmail.com


 “With this tour, history comes to alive! To see the topography with the talk really helps to put the battles and strategy into perspective! Would absolutely do it again!!”                                                                                        

                                                                                April 2017 tour attendee

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