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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

[Map of the Shenandoah Valley].

[Map of the Shenandoah Valley].

Three days after the Battle of Kernstown, on March 26th 1862, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, ordered his most gifted cartographer, Jedidiah Hotchkiss to prepare “a map of the Valley from Harpers Ferry to Lexington, showing all the points of offence and defence in those places” Hotchkiss began working on his best known map almost immediately and continued to work and refine it over the course of the Civil War.  Read More

Potomac River

Scott's great snake. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861

Scott's great snake. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861

Blockade of the Potomac. Map showing Union and Rebel batteries January 1862.

Blockade of the Potomac. Map showing Union and Rebel batteries January 1862.

One of the primary strategies employed by Federal forces was the use of blockading fleets along the eastern and Gulf coasts of the United States. Scott’s Great Snake, published at the outset of the Civil War portrays General Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda Plan” to strangle the Southern States. Blockading fleets were also used on inland rivers to assist military operations.  Read More

Battle of Kernstown

 Battle of Kernstown, Sunday, 23 March, 1862

Battle of Kernstown, Sunday, 23 March, 1862

Sketch of the Battle of Kernstown, Sunday, March 23d 1862

Sketch of the Battle of Kernstown, Sunday, March 23d 1862

In the spring of 1862, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson began his “Valley Campaign”, an attempt to drive Union forces occupying parts of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and push them out of Virginia. The opening salvo of the successful Valley Campaign was the March 23, 1862 Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, located in northern Shenandoah Valley, a few miles south of Winchester, VA.  Read More

Battle of Hampton Roads

[Scene of the late naval fight and the environs of Fortress Monroe, and Norfolk and...]

[Scene of the late naval fight and the environs of Fortress Monroe, and Norfolk and...]

One of the most iconic naval battles of the Civil War was the four hour duel between the ironclad vessels USS Monitor and the CSS Merrimac off of Hampton Roads, Virginia. While the battle ended in a virtual draw, historians have pointed to it as the end of the wooden warship era and the beginning of heavily armored ships.  Read More

1862. February 21. Forts Henry and Donelson, Tennessee

Sketch showing the relative positions of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson...

Sketch showing the relative positions of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson...

[Map of the environs of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, Feb. 1862].

[Map of the environs of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, Feb. 1862].

Located in central Tennessee, Forts Henry and Donelson guarded the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers with interconnecting roads and telegraph lines between the two Confederate fortifications. In the first week of February, 1862, General Ulysses Grant led a massive assault composed of more than 15,000 troops and gunships. Confederate forces evacuated Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and General Grant followed up with a successful assault on Fort Donelson, located on the Cumberland River...  Read More