Crowds of Civil War buffs are in Rockingham County for the 150th anniversary of two key battles. On Friday, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation unveiled a new interpretive site at Artillery Ridge.
Visitors saw how a confederate infantry held off the advance of the Union Army in the opening skirmish of the battle of Cross Keys. Volunteers spent five years restoring the ridge to the way it looked during the war.
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation trustee Bill Bedall said, "We need to tell a story that's not being told often enough. A lot of people don't know that Artillery Ridge is here or that anything happened."
The battle of Cross Keys was part of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign in 1862. The main event to commemorate the battle takes place Saturday evening.
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