Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Jubal A. Early's disastrous battles in the Shenandoah Valley ultimately resulted in his ignominious dismissal. But Early's lesser-known summer campaign of 1864, between his raid on Washington and Phil Sheridan's renowned fall campaign, had a significant impact on the political and military landscape of the time. By focusing on military tactics and battle history in uncovering the facts and events of these little-understood battles, Scott C. Patchan offers a new perspective on Early's contributions to the Confederate war effort-and to Union battle plans and politicking. Patchan details the previously unexplored battles at Rutherford's Farm and Kernstown (a pinnacle of Confederate operations in the Shenandoah Valley) and examines the campaign's influence on President Lincoln's re-election efforts. He also provides insights into the personalities, careers, and roles in Shenandoah of Confederate general John C. Breckinridge, Union general George Crook, and Union colonel James A. Mulligan, with his "fighting Irish" brigade from Chicago. Finally, Patchan reconsiders the ever-colourful and controversial Early himself, whose importance in the Confederate military pantheon this book at last makes clear.

Author Biography

Scott C. Patchan, a Civil War battlefield guide and historian, is the author of Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont, Virginia, and a consultant and contributing writer for Shenandoah, 1862.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Most Successful Expedition: Retreat from Washington, July 11-12, 1864p. 8
Who Has the Management: Union Pursuit, July 11-15, 1864p. 27
But Little is Expected from Our Pursuit: Loudoun Valley to the Blue Ridge, July 16-17, 1864p. 42
Whipped Most Awfully: The Battle of Cool Spring, July 18, 1864p. 60
The Panic Was Over: The Battle of Cool Spring, July 18, 1864p. 83
Rock Them Like All Creation: Berry's Ferry and Kabletown, July 19, 1864p. 105
A Miracle of Execution: The Battle of Rutherford's Farm, July 20, 1864p. 127
The Object of the Expedition Accomplished: Wright Leaves the Valley, July 19-22, 1864p. 152
A Cavalry Scare: Prelude to Kernstown, July 23, 1864p. 170
Attack the Enemy at Once: The Second Battle of Kernstown, July 23-24, 1864p. 182
A Perfect Stampede: The Second Battle of Kernstown, July 24, 1864p. 205
Bull Run Was Nothing in Comparison: Retreat to the Potomac, July 24-27, 1864p. 229
Defeat Was a Matter of Course: The Second Battle of Kernstown Analysisp. 258
Burn the Entire Town: McCausland's Chambersburg Raid, July 28-August 4, 1864p. 271
Like a Fiery Meteor: The Battle of Moorefield, August 1864p. 291
L'Envoi: Conclusionp. 311
Mrs. Marian Mulliganp. 321
Shenandoah Valley Campaign: July 1864 Order of Battlep. 329
Notesp. 337
Bibliographyp. 369
Indexp. 385
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