The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862

Edited by Gary W. Gallagher

280 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 35 illus., 2 maps, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5768-7
    Published: March 2010
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6246-9
    Published: November 2003

Military Campaigns of the Civil War

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This volume explores the Shenandoah Valley campaign, best known for its role in establishing Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's reputation as the Confederacy's greatest military idol. The authors address questions of military leadership, strategy and tactics, the campaign's political and social impact, and the ways in which participants' memories of events differed from what is revealed in the historical sources. In the process, they offer valuable insights into one of the Confederacy's most famous generals, those who fought with him and against him, the campaign's larger importance in the context of the war, and the complex relationship between history and memory.

The contributors are Jonathan M. Berkey, Keith S. Bohannon, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, A. Cash Koeniger, R. E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, and William J. Miller.

About the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is author, most recently, of Lee and His Army in Confederate History.
For more information about Gary W. Gallagher, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"A valuable look on an important aspect of the war in the East in 1862."--The NYMAS Review

"This book is of real interest. The writing is good, the research strong."--Louisiana History

"The Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series . . . has led the way in challenging scholars and Civil War enthusiasts to rethink the way in which military history is analyzed. . . . An exceptionally strong collection."--Civil War Book Review

"Anyone looking for new insight into the 1862 Valley campaign or for models of innovative and compelling research should read this volume."--Journal of Military History

"[The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862] will interest both the knowledgeable and casual reader, the dedicated military scholar and the more general reader alike. . . . Well researched and interestingly written."--Canadian Journal of History

"Throughout this book I found myself exclaiming, 'I didn't know that!' and 'Well, that's a wholly new way of looking at this event!' and 'This changes my way of thinking about the Valley campaign.' Such exclamations are, to my way of thinking, signs of a worthwhile book."--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star