The Shenandoah in Flames: The Valley Campaign of 1864

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life Civil struggle sequence 24 of 27

This is a part of the Time lifestyles sequence at the Civil battle. The sequence is a entire account of the Civil conflict, together with eyewitness testimony, profiles of key personalities, interval pictures, illustrations and artifacts, and distinctive conflict maps. This quantity covers the Valley crusade of 1864.

Stonewall Jackson laid it down as legislation: "If this Valley is misplaced, Virginia is lost". Militarily, the Shenandoah Valley was once the gateway to the outdated Dominion. stick to Jackson's security of the Valley in a single of the main agile and creative campaigns of the war.

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Cadet John clever remarked that there has been little in Lexington to distract his classmates from their routine: "The boy who reveals allurement to idleness and vice in that city may detect it anyplace. " The Confederacy's Cradle for Command For 17-year-old John S. later mirrored of fe- archway," clever recalled, "and rode off as though they carried the realm in a sling. " the truth that the stressed cadets have been their tran- held in reserve was once a tribute to their in- so attracted to the drill. " clever and different cadets on the Virginia army Institute, the early months of 1864 have been verish anticipation. notwithstanding complete campus within the Shenandoah Valley had no longer been disturbed by means of the enemy, a accomplice cavalry brigade used to be camped and visits from these cocky close by veterans goaded the coed corps. "They jangled their spurs during the quil — stitute. Scarcely 25 years previous, VMI used to be structor: He used to be "How on his boyish I hated that As spring got here in 1864, federate leaders have been loath to danger wasting finish. cadets in strive against; their basic con- at have been to drill eco-friendly troops Richmond. One 33-year-old recruit in spite of the fact that, the used to be approximately to could reason the kids Jefferson Davis as soon as termed the "seed-corn of the Confederacadets' season of innocence tribution in- cadet! regularly so wide-awake, sq^clean, this kind of valued resource of officials that Con- its VMI little A chance to the north cy" to be solid into the fray. A Founding Steeped in Martial Arts W^v^M' DATE NAM or v. m&ttx &i C I ADMISSIOS based in 1839 on the nation arsenal Lexington (below), VMI bore the stamp of 3 resolute figures: Claudius Crozet (far left), a French engineer who had fought for Napoleon and who, as head of VMI's board, positioned clinical education on a par with strategies; Captain John Preston (center), a smart attorney who gained kingdom backing for the institute and taught there; and significant Francis H. Smith, a West Pointer who introduced the rigorous tone of his alma mater to in VMI as its first superintendent. (£9/- s s. r w s ! ) yd in poor health y/ II 12 thirteen percent II l. i /; J6 17 IS /// I! ) so a (3- £& J2 23 21 i5 20 27 . 'I U4*C *r * a / :jl . Is ^ii. // '. II v (3. . S <&&* y P. / / . -•; eleven Lessons from an Unsung Professor significant Thomas Jonathan Jackson (left) joined the VMI college in 1851 to coach technological know-how and artillery strategies a occupation he used to be nonetheless pursuing six years later while this photo was once taken. although destined for greatness, Jackson encouraged little awe one of the cadets.

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