Charles R. Knight’s Valley thunder is the first full-length account in nearly four decades to examine the sweeping combat at New Market on May 15, 1864–the battle that opened the pivotal 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who set in motion the wide-ranging operation to subjugate the South in 1864, intended to attack the Confederacy on multiple fronts so it could no longer “take advantage of interior lines.” One of the keys to success in the Easter Theater was control of the Shenandoah Valley, a strategically important and agriculturally abundant region that helped feed Gen. R. E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
This books is based upon years of primary research, previously unpublished documents, and a firsthand appreciation of the battlefield terrain. Knight’s balanced and objective approach includes a detailed examination of the complex prelude ,leading up to the day of battle. His entertaining prose introduces a new generation of readers to a wide array of soldiers, civilians, and politicians who found themselves swept up in one of the war’s most gripping engagements.