Publication Year: 2011
Published by: West Virginia University Press
Series: West Virginia Classics
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TO THOSE who know and love it, the Shenandoah River remains as Julia Davis described it more than a half century ago—unassuming, “hidden . . .
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Part I: Promise
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IT IS A SAILOR’S CHANTEY, a lost and hungry chantey, a song of faraway men reminding themselves of things they have loved, a sea song to an . . .
The Unrecorded Past
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THE SHENANDOAH RIVER flows northward for one hundred and fifty miles through a valley in Virginia between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny . . .
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THE WHITE MAN had been fifty years established on the lowlands of the coast. The starving time had been forgotten, forgotten the “country sickness” which . . .
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THERE WERE THREE GREAT STRAINS in the early settlement of the Shenandoah Valley: the Germans, and the Scotch-Irish, both Protestant, both with . . .
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AS THE YEARS PASSED life took on a pattern in the Valley—a pattern of small log cabins in the clearings or the grasslands, of long laborious days, . . .
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IN 1748, Lord Fairfax, pursuing the regulation of his affairs, sent two young men to survey the northern end of his Valley property. One was a cousin, . . .
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AFTER BRADDOCK’S DEFEAT, many of the back inhabitants gave themselves up for lost. In Pennsylvania and Maryland the frontiers were almost . . .
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WHEN COLONEL WASHINGTON took charge at Winchester in the September of 1755 he found the countryside in confusion, and he reported on it . . .
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FORT LOUDOUN STOOD ON ITS HILL, completed at last in spite of governors and commissaries. Its eighteen cannons made it so formidable that . . .
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A FINISHED WAR is just a story for old men. When the Revolution ended and the soldiers of the Shenandoah Valley came home to see what had . . .
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SOME HAD INDUSTRIAL AMBITIONS for the Valley, hopes of improving the navigation of the river, where barges regularly floated down but . . .
Part II: Holocaust
The Fateful Lightning
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IN THE SUMMER OF 1860, a professor from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, a Major Thomas Jonathan Jackson, went north to take . . .
The Swift Sword
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THE CAUSES of our War Between the States are not within the scope of this narrative. Here should be recorded only the fact that it was desperately . . .
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GENERAL JACKSON AND HIS BRIGADE won a new name at Manassas. The official records of the battle made him a hero to a nation thirsty for heroes, and . . .
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THE ANGRY GENERAL on the rise below Winchester did not come to his great trial unprepared. Now he was to reap the benefit of the concentration he . .
Valley Campaign I
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ON THE NIGHT AFTER KERNSTOWN, General Jackson, wrapped in his long coat, stood in the slow chill rain turning the embers of a campfire with . . .
Valley Campaign II
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BEHIND THE FEDERAL LINES in the little village of Front Royal, the citizens had adjusted themselves as best they could to the occupation. Young Tommy Ashby, cousin . . .
Valley Campaign III
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WINCHESTER, WHICH WAS to change hands between sixty-eight and seventy-two times before the war ended, had a brief respite, a brief and busy interlude, when . . .
The Long Year
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AND NOW THE VALLEY was again without its army. The two weeks of joy in Winchester fled like a dream, a confused time of troops passing and repassing, a . . .
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THE CONFEDERATE ARMY FELL BACK through eastern Virginia, back to Brandy Station, back to the bridge over the Rappahannock, back to winter quarters . . .
The Starving Crows
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GENERAL SHERIDAN’S ARMY, assembling 50,000 strong at Harpers Ferry, was named the Army of the Shenandoah, a fact which gave small satisfaction . . .
Part III: Recovery
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ONE AFTERNOON in the early autumn of 1865, a solitary traveler, wearing a gray military coat from which the buttons and insignia had been removed, rode . . .
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ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED CONFEDERATE taught at Lexington during the postwar years, although he did not come there until after the general . . .
Fool's Gold and True Gold
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DURING THE LAST THIRTY YEARS of the nineteenth century, the people of the Valley were concerned with one absorbing problem—the necessity of making . . .
Past into Present
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AND AGAIN TIME PASSED into another century, and another great war was just a story for old men. They sat under the oaks, the aging soldiers, and saw . . .
Valley Tour I
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THE PRESENT AND THE PAST have flowed together. There is a new road now along the crest of the old blue mountains. From Rockfish Gap near . . .
Valley Tour II
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NOT FAR FROM FRONT ROYAL, where the hills begin to rise into the mountains, is a remount station of the United States Army, which breeds and trains . . .
Valley Tour III
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GO NORTH THEN ON THE VALLEY PIKE, where at least one man has died for every yard over which the automobile runs equably. You may try to . . .
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THIS THEN, is the Valley of the Shenandoah, a fair land, long in memories and rich in peace. Stonewall Jackson’s trenches on the hills above the Valley Pike . . .
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A WORK OF THIS KIND must have so much assistance, so many contribute help and interest, that it seems invidious to single out a few. Especial thanks, . . .
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About Julia Davis Adams
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Page Count: 400
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: West Virginia Classics