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From Winchester to Cedar Creek: The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864
From Winchester to Cedar Creek The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 Author:Jeffry D. Wert The summer of 1864, the fourth in a long conflict, brought little promise of resolution in the War Between the States. A crippled South resolutely continued to resist in spite of defeats at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chattanooga. — Lincoln, the man whose 1860 election precipitated secession of Southern states, now faced the fall reelection campai... more »gn. His opponent: General George B. Mc Clellan, former chief of the Army, dismissed by Lincoln in the president's effort to find a more effective leader. The adversarial posture of McClellan, coupled with the growing public weariness of strife and loss, made the need for military success even more urgent. For the South their whole cause was at stake.
In that summer the focus again turned to the strategic Shenandoah Valley where the vital food supplies of the Confederacy were situated. The valley was a conduit for Jubal Early's raids, Confederate intrusions into Marland and Pennsylvania and such event as the burning of Chamersburg and the demands for tribute of $100,000 in gold.
The New York Times editorialized that it was "the old story over again. The back door, by way of the Shenandoah Valley, has been left invitingly open" The Republican administration in Washington was feeling the heat and again tried to marshall the seemingly uncontrollable bureaucracy of the Union Army Corps.
The response to these conditions is the story told here by able writier, Jeffry D. Wert, in the uniquely complete and fully-documented account. Accompanied by critical situation maps, drawn by Mark Pfoutz, this volume is the first full exposition of the detail and significance of that fateful summer in the valley - the last for the Confederacy.« less