The Shenandoah in Flames: The Valley Campaign of 1864
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Time-Life Civil War Series 24 of 27
This is part of the Time Life series on the Civil War. The series is a comprehensive account of the Civil War, including eyewitness testimony, profiles of key personalities, period photographs, illustrations and artifacts, and detailed battle maps. This volume covers the Valley Campaign of 1864.
Stonewall Jackson laid it down as law: "If this Valley is lost, Virginia is lost". Militarily, the Shenandoah Valley was the gateway to the Old Dominion. Follow Jackson's defense of the Valley in one of the most agile and inventive campaigns of the war.
New Yorkers, some of whom announced flatly that they would not obey the order. Stearns decided not to harm the town, and returned to face the own men. Every wrath of his commanding general. yond the pale of civilized warfare, a conclu- DuPont, sion that Captain for one, called "absolutely untenable." Hunter wreaked his vengeance on pro-Confederate civilians with day, whether or not any that they — On the 30th of May, the army reached New Market and surveyed the ghastly ves- at,
professor who was off fighting with the Confederates, that her home would be among house was those set a state building and afire. "The was fair to it destroy it," Strother recorded. "Yet her only home, and But she was it was hard a soldier's wife daughter so she set out and was it to lose it. a soldier's some applejack, apologizing she had nothing better, and then went on to move out her furniture to the the absent Letcher's home burned, giving Nearby, a group
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rises in the Alle- ghenies and meanders eastward to ket, about halfway along the ern flank. The North Fork valley New Mar- is consid- ered the Shenandoah; the area of the South Valley. ley The nearest help was 155 miles — one from the west, by way of Dublin, another from the northern, or lower, end of 17 Major General John C. Breckinridge, commander of the Confederate Department of Western Virginia was vilified in 1864, North for turning against the Union he had served as Vice
Veteran Reserve Corps, 76 South Carolina Confederate troops, 705, 140; 3rd Infantry Regiment, 149 South Carolina Union troops, 1st Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 41 Southern Telegraph Companies, telegram reporting Stanard's death, 36 South Fork of the Shenandoah, 17, 45 49,51,5% Read, Henry, rifle Read, Thomas Buchanan, 158 Stanard, Jaqueline B. (Jack), 36, 159 Rectort own, Virginia, 136 Stanton, Reed, Charles W., sketch by, 75 Regiments. See names of commanders, Starr, William, units,