The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 / Edition 1

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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 to be gained with a victory, events in the Valley would affect Abraham Lincoln's chances for reelection in the November 1864 presidential canvass.

The eleven 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, but, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Provides perspective on a variety of military, political and social issues related to the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864."
The Washington Times

"This book is of real interest. The writing is good, the research strong."
Louisiana History

"A great compilation of essays dealing with the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. . . . Original and thoroughly researched. . . . Provide[s] historians and buffs alike with new material to consider when examining the Civil War."

"The delight found in these essays glimmers in the rummaging eye. . . . Gallagher's bazaar of scholars, mature and youthful, academic and independent, is open to a curious and treasure-hunting public."
Military History of the West

"Provide[s] historians and buffs alike with new material to consider when examining the Civil War."

"For scholars . . . the volume offers significant new studies. More general Civil War readers will find the essays . . . informative, engaging, and well-written."
Civil War History

"[The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864] will be of value to any student of the war."
Nymas Review

"A valuable book that is essential reading for anyone interested in the Valley Campaign of 1864."
Military Images

"An intelligent, readable collection of essays, the work fully meets the high standards of its predecessor volumes."
Gordon C. Rhea, author of Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859568
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 969,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He has written or edited two dozen books in the field of Civil War history, including The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 and Lee and His Army in Confederate History (both UNC Press).

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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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