Preserving a Civil War Battlefield in Virginia

Here’s an article about the recent acquisition of over 200 acres of land in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, land which will eventually form part of a 575 acre park where the Battle of Opequon was fought in September, 1864.  Union Gen. Phil Sheridan’s defeat of Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early here proved decisive in hastening the end of the Civil War, as it cut off the Valley as a supplier of food to the Confederacy.

Greensboro Public Library maintains a large collection of volumes related to the Civil War, including books which deal with Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign.  These include:  Sheridan in the Shenandoah by Edward J. Stackpole; Conquest of a Valley by Marshall Brice; The Shenandoah Valley in 1864 by George E. Pond; and The Shenandoah in Flames by Thomas A. Lewis.

The new park is expected to be the second largest in Northern Virginia, which as seat of the War is of course full of battlefields.  If you’re interested in Civil War battlefields in general or maybe planning a trip to visit some, we’ve also got books for you:  Civil War Sites, Memorials, Museums, and Library Collections:  A State-by-State Guidebook to Places Open to the Public by Doug Gelbert; The Civil War Sourcebook:  A Traveler’s Guide by Chuck Lawliss; Insiders’ Guide to Civil War Sites in the Southern States by John McKay; Insiders’ Guide to Civil War Sites in the Eastern Theater by Eric Ethier and Rebecca Aloisi; Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields:  Discovering America’s Hallowed Ground; To the Sea:  A History and Tour Guide of Sherman’s March by Jim Miles; Smithsonian’s Great Battles & Battlefields of the Civil War:  A Definitive Field Guide Based on the Award-winning Television Series by MasterVision by Jay Wertz and Edwin C. Bearss; and Touring the Carolinas’ Civil War Sites and Touring Virginia’s and West Virginia’s Civil War Sites, both by Clint Johnson.

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2 Responses

  1. I hope the Public Library in Greensboro has the entire Burke Davis collection. He passed a year or two ago, was one of Greensboro’s own and was a prolific writer of Civil War books back in the 50’s-60’s-70s.

  2. Burke Davis was a fine author. I think his study of Robert E. Lee (Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War, 973.73 D26) was the first book I read on the great general. It’s really a well-written account of Lee’s war years, the Army of Northern Virginia & many of the great battles of the war. I’m not sure if we’ve got everything Burke Davis wrote, but we’ve got a lot of books by him & I’ll bet we come pretty close. Jeb Stuart, the Last Cavalier (B S93) and They Called Him Stonewall (B J14) are some other Burke Davis favorites of mine. Thanks for your comment!

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