Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to the Homefront
By Jonathan A. Noyalas
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was known as the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy” due to its ample harvests and transportation centers, its role as an avenue of invasion into the North and its capacity to serve as a diversionary theater of war. The region became a magnet for both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, and nearly half of the thirteen major battles fought in the valley occurred as part of General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign. Civil War historian Jonathan A. Noyalas examines Jackson’s Valley Campaign and how those victories brought hope to an infant Confederate nation, transformed the lives of the Shenandoah Valley’s civilians and emerged as Stonewall Jackson’s defining moment.
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