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“By His Aid was that Flag Preserved”: The Shenandoah Valley’s African Americans’ Support for the Union War Effort
ECW is pleased to welcome back our friend Jonathan A. Noyalas, director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. This article is adapted from portions of Noyalas’ recently released Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the … Continue reading
Sometimes, going down rabbit holes of research will lead you to unexpected places. Occasionally, they lead nowhere. But every once in a while, you get rewarded. Hence, the case of Lt. Samuel L. Christie of Jacob Cox’s staff during the … Continue reading
There are certain figures in Civil War history who are always good for an easy laugh. Braxton Bragg, on harmonious leadership. George McClellan, concerning rapid movement. Franz Sigel. On, well, most anything.
In early May 1864 as Union General Franz Sigel inched his way up the Shenandoah Valley and Confederate General John C. Breckinridge scrambled to assemble an army, Union cavalry commanders George Crook and William Averell aimed for Saltville and the … Continue reading
Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Richard Chapman When discussing great Confederate independent cavalry raiders in the Civil War, it seems that they have three parts to their name: General John Hunt Morgan, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, and … Continue reading
The evacuation of Farmville and subsequent fight at Cumberland Church continued to force Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia west. By the morning of April 8, Lee’s next objective was Appomattox Station, where he hoped to obtain critical supplies … Continue reading
On the morning of October 7, 1863, the Confederates of Henry B. Davidson’s cavalry division awoke to the urgent sounds of rifle and carbine fire. Davidson’s men were camped along the south bank of the Duck River, just a few … Continue reading
Following the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, the Federals pursued Jubal Early’s retreating Confederates up the Shenandoah Valley. Here, artist James Taylor captures George Crook’s Army of West Virginia entering the town of Harrisonburg.