Published on April 23, 2016

The Shenandoah Valley was critical to both north and south during the Civil War.  The blessings of peacetime – the fertile fields, breathtaking mountains, and developed roadways – proved to be curses from 1861-1865, bringing war not just to the doorstep, but crashing and burning through the door.

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The Valley served as a stage for some of the most decisive events and significant leaders of the Civil War.  But it was also the scene of innumerable smaller stories of tragedy and triumph, hope and loss…stories that retain their power to move and inspire us even 150 years after they took place.

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