Hunter's Fiery Raid through Virginia Valleys
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The glories of "Stonewall Jackson" and his brilliant defense
of the Shenandoah Valley were only memories in 1864. Grant saw the opportunity
to strike a death blow against the Confederacy. With Lee's army pinned against
Richmond, the South's critical supply line could be cut at Lynchburg.
Grant consolidated the forces in the Shenandoah and in West Virginia
and placed them under the fanatical, abolitionist general, David Hunter.
Bloody battles raged at Winchester, Covington, Clifton Forge, Staunton,
Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Buchanan, Bedford, Lynchburg, Salem,
and New Castle. Hatred clouded "Black Dave's" military judgment;
he often rejected the advice of his generals: Crook, Averell, Sullivan,
and Duffie. A self-appointed avenger, Hunter reaped punishment on slave-holding
Virginia. Towns were burned; looting and wanton destruction were commonplace.
Washington (?) College was ransacked and V.M.I. was burned. Innocent citizens
were arrested, their property stolen, and their ancestral homes were torched.
A desperate Lee sent brave men under generals like: John Breckinridge,
"Grumble" Jones, "Old Jube" Early, McCausland, Rodes,
Vaughn, Imboden, and Gordon- to stop Hunter's hordes.
The only detailed account of Hunter's campaign for the heart and blood
of the Confederacy is now available! It took three years to produce the
450 pages filled with glory, pain, heroics, and death. Using over 120 different
sources, 14 maps, and 135 pictures, the untold story now comes to life.
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