This book, commemorating the fifth, and final year of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, is the last in the series of “Life in the Shenandoah Valley”. Journals, letters and news articles portray a vivid view of life in New Market, Virginia and the Valley during the fifth year of the unnecessary Civil War. Military campaigns, casualties, and camp life cross paths with civilian life when children, cattle and corn are sacrificed for the Confederate cause. Discover how the Henkel, Coiner, and Miller families were involved in the war when life was interrupted by the invasion of yankees.
This collection of Family related documents gives the reader not only an understanding of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley but a real life understanding of the family, their emotions, trials and troubles.
The compilers of this text are descendants and possess enough material to publish a volume for each year of war and intend to do so. May God richly bless them for their perseverance and hard work which adds greatly to our knowledge of our history which is too quickly vanishing.
These titles, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, & 1865 are priceless as first person accounts. The mill journals are now in the possession of the Library of Virginia. All of Dr. Caspar Hinkle’s letters are in the possession of the National Library of Medicine.