The Shenandoah Valley
VIDEO | Stretching 180 miles from Harpers Ferry in the north to Rockbridge County in the south, Stonewall Jackson remarked in 1862 that "if this valley is lost, then Virginia is lost." The Shenandoah Valley hosted two campaigns during the Civil War, the first being Jackson's Valley Campaign in 1862 and then Jubal Early's Campaign in 1864. This endless fighting not only took a toll on soldiers, but also left a mark on the civilians whose farms hosted over 300 military engagements over the course of three years.
Jonathan Noyalas is the Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University.
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