Tag Archives: Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

A Mother At Petersburg

The Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, broke in the first days of April 1865. As Lee’s army headed west into the Appomattox Campaign, Union troops occupied the small city that had been the heart and namesake of a nine month … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser and the Joy of the Fight”

In the autumn of 1864, Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan and Lt. Gen. Jubal Early engaged one another in an effort to control Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A Union defeat might well have offset gains made by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman … Continue reading

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Closing Out the Valley: Recollection of a Public Historian at a Sesquicentennial Event

I wanted to write this post for about two weeks, but I just did not know how to start this blog entry or what to title it. So, after contemplating what to write for a few days, I figured I … Continue reading

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Remembering the “Great Gamble” at Cedar Creek

This weekend, the National Park Service, in conjunction with the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Belle Grove, and the Shenandoah National Battlefield Historic District will combine to host a series of events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar … Continue reading

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“How Will We Feed Our Family?”

After the defeat of the Confederate Army of the Valley at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill on September 22, 1864, Union Major General Philip H. Sheridan began to carry out the next directive of his orders: to “eat out Virginia … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: James Taylor’s Scrapbook

In the collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio rests With Sheridan Up the Shenandoah Valley. Leaves from a Special Artist’s Sketch Book and Diary. As the title implies, it is a book of incredibly realistic sketches and … Continue reading

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“Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.”

They were merely boys, some just old enough to shave for the first time. The youngest was 15, the oldest 24. General John Cabell Breckenridge was adamant: the “boys” from the Virginia Military Institute would only be used as reinforcements … Continue reading

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First Cousin, Once Removed: Edwin Gray Lee

This is the third installment of the “Tales from the Tombstone” series  His grandfather  was Edmund Jennings Lee, Sr. a brother of “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Hisfather stayed out of politics altogether. With a last name of Lee and a … Continue reading

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