Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley


Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley: The Story of the Summers-Koontz Execution

By Robert H. Moore II


126 pages


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“Try to meet me in Heaven where I hope to go.”

These poignant words were written in the summer of 1865 by twenty-year-old Confederate Sergeant Isaac Newton Koontz, in a letter he penned for his fiancee just hours before his death at the hands of a Federal firing squad in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Though Koontz and Captain George Summers had been pardoned for their theft of Union army horses, their executions were carried out with no trial, no judge and no jury.

Exhaustively researched by Robert Moore, an experienced War Between the States writer and direct descendant of Koontz’s fiancee, this tragic yet largely untold story is finally brought to light.

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Weight .625 lbs
Dimensions 6 × .3 × 9 in