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

6 - The Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1862 and 1864

from Part I - Major Battles and Campaigns


Stationed in the Shenandoah Valley in spring 1862 2nd Massachusetts Infantry captain Henry N. Comey marveled at “the most fertile land I have ever seen … It is no wonder that the rebels are defending [it] so well.” Yet the landscape was as intimidating as it was bucolic: “We were fenced in by huge walls on both sides of us and cut off from communication except from the north.”