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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Part I - Major Battles and Campaigns

  • Edited by Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Louisiana State University
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • pp 9-402


As the Southern states cascaded toward secession, Virginia, the “mother of presidents,” stood at the precipice of Civil War. Virginia was the pivotal state. The first battles of the Civil War, after Fort Sumter’s nearly bloodless fall, were fought on the soil of Virginia. Four anguished years would pass before the war ended on her doorstep, at a rural courthouse called Appomattox.