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

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

by Clint Johnson
     
 

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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,

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895874023
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,148,923
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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