Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion & Reconciliation

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After four bloody years of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley, the region's inhabitants needed to muster the strength to recover, rebuild and reconcile. Most residents had supported the Confederate cause, and in order to heal the deep wounds of war, they would need to resolve differences with Union veterans. Union veterans memorialized their service. Confederate veterans agreed to forgive but not forget. And each side was key to the rebuilding effort. The battlefields of the Shenandoah, where men sacrificed their lives, became places for veterans to find common ground and healing through remembrance. Civil War historian and professor Jonathan A. Noyalas examines the evolution of attitudes among former soldiers as the Shenandoah Valley sought to find its place in the aftermath of national tragedy.
ISBN: 9781626198883
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 48
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jonathan A. Noyalas is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. A widely published Civil War historian who is active in battlefield preservation, he has served as a consultant for the National Park Service, the Civil War Trust and National Geographic.
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