War of the Rebellion: Serial 091 Introduction

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Shenandoah Valley Campaign Intro



Vol. 43 Introduction - Serial 91

While Grant was working, fighting, maneuvering, against Lee, the rest of Virginia was not quiet. Not only was there the constant tit-for-tat along the Virginia-West Virginia line, the Shenandoah Valley campaign unfolded. The Shenandoah had been a continual source of worry in Washington: if the Union ever let down its guard, a grey-clad force could erupt out and threaten the Federal government in only a few days. Not only that, the Valley was a rich agricultural region, nourishing Lee's thinning regiments.
Grant oversaw a reorganization of commands, so that a single officer would be responsible for the Shenandoah (divided commands had helped Stonewall Jackson in his brilliant campaigns in the Valley) - and he chose a good man to take over. Philip Sheridan took a strong Union force into the Shenandoah and, against stiff resistance, beat the Confederates out, not only breaking Jubal Early's forces, but depriving the Confederacy of the region.

This volume finishes the correspondence, orders, telegrams, returns etc. for the Shenandoah campaign.



Intro
Shenandoah Valley Campaign Intro