The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 / Edition 1

The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 / Edition 1

by Gary W. Gallagher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807859567

ISBN-13: 9780807859568

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Generally regarded as the most important of the Civil War campaigns conducted in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, that of 1864 lasted more than four months and claimed more than 25,000 casualties. The armies of Philip H. Sheridan and Jubal A. Early contended for immense stakes. Beyond the agricultural bounty and the boost in morale a victory would bring, events

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Generally regarded as the most important of the Civil War campaigns conducted in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, that of 1864 lasted more than four months and claimed more than 25,000 casualties. The armies of Philip H. Sheridan and Jubal A. Early contended for immense stakes. Beyond the agricultural bounty and the boost in morale a victory would bring, events in the Valley also would affect Abraham Lincoln's chances for reelection in the November 1864 presidential canvass.

The eleven original essays in this volume reexamine common assumptions about the campaign, its major figures, and its significance. Taking advantage of the most recent scholarship and a wide range of primary sources, contributors examine strategy and tactics, the performances of key commanders on each side, the campaign's political repercussions, and the experiences of civilians caught in the path of the armies. The authors do not always agree with one another, yet, taken together, their essays highlight important connections between the home front and the battlefield, as well as ways in which military affairs, civilian experiences, and politics played off one another during the campaign.

Contributors:
William W. Bergen, Charlottesville, Virginia
Keith S. Bohannon, State University of West Georgia
Andre M. Fleche, University of Virginia
Gary W. Gallagher, University of Virginia
Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Robert E. L. Krick, Richmond, Virginia
Robert K. Krick, Fredericksburg, Virginia
William J. Miller, Churchville, Virginia
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, University of North Florida
William G. Thomas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Joan Waugh, University of California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859568
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
920,362
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Two Generals and a Valley: Philip H. Sheridan and Jubal A. Early in the Shenandoah Gary w. Gallagher 3

U.S. Grant and the Union High Command during the 1864 Valley Campaign Joseph T. Glatthaar 34

"The Fatal Halt" versus "Bad Conduct": John B. Gordon, Jubal A. Early, and the Battle of Cedar Creek Keith S. Bohannon 56

The Other Hero of Cedar Creek: The "Not specially Ambitious" Horatio G. Wright William W. Bergen 85

Never Has There Been a More Complete Victory: The Cavalry Engagements at Tom's Brook, October 9, 1986 William J. Miller 134

A Stampeede of Stampeeds: The Confederate Disaster at Fisher's Hill Robert E. L. Krick 161

Uncivilized War: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign, the Northern Democratic Press, and the Election of 1864 Andre M. Fleche 200

Nothing Ought to Astonish Us: Confederate Civilians in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign William G. Thomas 222

Success Is So Blended with Defeat: Virginia Soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley Aaron Sheehan-Dean 257

New England Cavalier: Charles Russell Lowell and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 Joan Waugh 299

The Confederate Pattons Robert K. Krick 341

Bibliographic Essay 371

Contributors 377

Index 379

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