Friday, June 1, 2007

Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign

by Scott C. Patchan

From the publisher:
Scott C. Patchan has performed a rare feat in his analysis of one of the least-known Civil War campaigns, that of Jubal A. Early, whose foray into the Shenandoah was a Confederate embarrassment and revealed its ultimate weakness. Early's disastrous battles in the Shenandoah Valley and his burning of the town of Chambersburg in retaliation for Union abuses caused Robert E. Lee to dismiss the well-respected but fiery officer in ignominious disgrace. By focusing on military tactics and battle history, Patchan reveals that Early--who was widely reviled--made significant political and military contributions by alarming Washington D.C., and causing Lincoln and the Union generals to rethink their war plan. This superbly argued study resurrects Early's significance as an influential military commander in the Confederate pantheon.

Scott C. Patchan, a Civil War battlefield guide and historian, is the author of Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont and a consultant and contributing writer for Shenandoah, 1862.