Touring Virginia's and West Virginia's Civil War Sites (Second Edition)

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In the minds of many people, Virginia is the Civil War. It is the state most closely associated with Confederate luminaries Lee, Jackson, Stuart, and Mosby and Union leaders Grant, Sheridan, Burnside, McClellan, and Pope. But when Virginia's general assembly voted the state out of the Union, citizens west of the Shenandoah Valley voted themselves out of Virginia, creating the Union state of West Virginia.

Touring Virginia's and West Virginia's Civil War Sites covers all the ...

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Overview

In the minds of many people, Virginia is the Civil War. It is the state most closely associated with Confederate luminaries Lee, Jackson, Stuart, and Mosby and Union leaders Grant, Sheridan, Burnside, McClellan, and Pope. But when Virginia's general assembly voted the state out of the Union, citizens west of the Shenandoah Valley voted themselves out of Virginia, creating the Union state of West Virginia.

Touring Virginia's and West Virginia's Civil War Sites covers all the significant sites in both states. The 18 tours visit cemeteries, large and small battlefields, historic houses and buildings, monuments and statues, rivers and mountains, sharing the history behind each location. Some stops are surprising and obscure:

Burning Springs, West Virginia, site of the first oil field in history to serve as a military target

Chatham Manor, where Clara Barton, who later founded the Red Cross, ran hospital and Walt Whitman came looking for his wounded brother and ended up staying to nurse the men

Harrison's Landing, where Union general Dan Butterfield and his regimental bugler adapted a traditional call to make a new song-"Taps"

The crossroads near Orlean, Virginia, where Robert E. Lee was almost killed or captured, which could have put Stonewall Jackson in command of the Army of Northern Virginia

The Lee House in Lexington, where the garage still stays open so visitors can see where Lee stabled his horses, Traveller and Lucy Long, after the war

This second edition includes new sites, new photographs, and updated directions, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895874023
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 940,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

West Virginia 1

Tour 1 The First to Die Tour: Union, White Sulphur Springs, Lewisburg, Beverly, Philippi, Grafton 3

Tour 2 The Lee Fails Tour: Jackson's Mill, Weston, Bulltown, Carnifex Ferry, Sewell Mountain, Gauley Bridge 16

Tour 3 The Burning Oil Tour: Charleston, Huntington, Ravenswood, Burning Springs, Harrisville, Wheeling 26

Tour 4 The Harpers Ferry Tour: Moorefield, Romney, Martinsburg, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry 38

Virginia 59

Tour 5 The War Begins Tour: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Manassas 60

Tour 6 The Mosby's Confederacy Tour: Berryville, Front Royal, Middleburg, Leesburg 86

Tour 7 The Cumberland Gap Tour: Cumberland Gap, Abingdon, Saltville, Wytheville, Natural Bridge 102

Tour 8 The Lee and Jackson Tour: Lexington, Rockbridge Baths, Warm Springs, Monterey, McDowell, Staunton 116

Tour 9 The Shenandoah Valley Tour: Port Republic, Harrisonburg, New Market, Winchester 144

Tour 10 The Last Capital Tour: Danville, Lynchburg 168

Tour 11 The Fading Cavalry Tour: Charlottesville, Gordonsville, Orange, Culpeper, Warrenton 184

Tour 12 The Stone Wall and Stonewall Tour: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville 210

Tour 13 The Overland Campaign Tour: The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Hanover 230

Tour 14 The Peninsula Tour: Courtland, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Hampton, Williamsburg, James River plantations 250

Tour 15 The Seven Days Tour: Environs east of Richmond 276

Tour 16 The Inside Richmond Tour: Downtown Richmond 290

Tour 17 The Petersburg Tour: Petersburg environs 316

Tour 18 The Appomattox Court House Tour: Amelia Court House, Farmville, New Store, Appomattox Court House 340

Appendix 361

Bibliography 378

Index 383

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