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Struggle for the Shenandoah: Essays on the 1864 Valley Campaign (Studies in the Social and Cultural) Paperback – May 1, 1991
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About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is a contributing editor of The Kent State University Press publications Antietam: Essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign (1989); The First Day at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership (1992); The Second Day at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership (1993); and Three Days at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership (1999).
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137 pp., 5 maps
- The Shenandoah Valley in 1864 by Gary W. Gallagher
- Jubal A. Early and Confederate Leadership by Jeffry D. Wert
- Union Leadership in the 1864 Valley Campaign by A. Wilson Greene
- "The Cause of All My Disasters": Jubal A. Early and the Undisciplined Valley Cavalry by Robert K. Krick
- "I Resolved to Play a Bold Game": John S. Mosby as a Factor in the 1864 Valley Campaign by Dennis E. Frye
These are interesting chapters, at times provocative. I found particularly thought-provoking the last two essays. The failures of the Confederate Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley are documented by Krick, with blunt quotes from their leaders, who called them wild, undisciplined, and worse. Frye's analysis of Mosby's influence in 1864 aims at some myths popularized by Mosby himself.
The book concludes with Bibliographic Notes, a four-page look at books on the 1864 Valley Campaign. This book is a valuable addition to the literature on this fascinating time.