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A Benefit for Third Winchester Battlefield

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields held a special benefit to support their work on the Third Winchester Battlefield. This benefit, which took place in Winchester, featured three remarkable events:
  • A tour of the Third Winchester Battlefield led by celebrated historian Ed Bearss
  • A VIP reception with special guest director Ron Maxwell
  • An advance screening of Copperhead, the new film from Ron Maxwell, the acclaimed director of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals


 
SVBF Winchester Event

Source: Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

Source: Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

  During the Third Battle of Winchester, on September 19, 1864, the most ferocious combat took place in the "Middle Field," where successive Confederate and Union attacks swept back and forth across 600 yards of open ground - "that basin of hell," as one soldier called it - and where confederate artillery fire from a height to the north, across Redbud Run, crashed into the Union ranks with devastating effect.

Near the Middle Field, on the slope leading down to Redbud Run, stood a young white oak tree.  This "witness tree" stood for 146 more years, the last survivor of the battle, before it was felled during a violent storm in 2010.

Today, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and its partners are using the wood from the historic oak to create hand-crafted items, items that will, fittingly, support the preservation of the very battlefield on which it served as a silent sentinel for a centruy and a half


I'm proud to partner with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to create hand crafted bowls, pens and other items from the wood of this historic tree.   These and other items, created by artisans and craftsmen, from the wood of the Witness Tree are available at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Online Store.

Six of my hand crafted bowls, made from the wood of the Witness Tree, were available for sale at the Third Winchester Battlefield Benefit.

Four of my hand crafted ball-point pens, also made from the wood of the Witness Tree, were presented as gifts to the following digitaries:
  • Ron Maxwell, director of the movies Copperhead, Gettysburg and Gods and Generals
  • Billy Campbell, lead actor in the movie Copperhead
  • Ed Bearss, an internationally known historian, author and tour guide
  • Eric Campbell, historian and tour guide
Thanks to Vicki Bellerose for the beautiful photographs.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Six of my hand crafted bowls, made from the wood of the Witness Tree, along with other items available for sale at the Third Winchester Battlefield Benefit.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


A closeup view of the bowls.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Photo of a couple that purchased one of my bowls made from the wood of the Witness Tree, a crotch piece as the gentleman pointed out.

His wife had relatives that fought in the Third Winchester Battle, and are now very proud owners of the bowl.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Movie Director Ron Maxwell, holding the Witness Tree pen as he thanks the foundation for "such a wonderful gift".
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Actor Billy Campbell signing autographs with the Witness Tree pen.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Actor Billy Campbell with the Witness Tree pen.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Mr. Denman Zirkle presents a pen to historian and tour guide Eric Campbell.
SVBF Winchester Event

Photo by Vicki Bellerose


Mr. Zirkle and Historian Ed Bearss (pronounced "Barrs") holding the pen. Mr Bearss is a veteren of WW II, a Marine, his left arm was injured by a bullet during WW II. Mr Bearss is an internationally known Historian/tour guide, who just turned 90.



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