Defend the Valley: A Shenandoah Family in the Civil War (Paperback)Margaretta Barton Colt (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 652 g
Dimensions: 233 x 156 x 32 mm
"A fascinating history of two Southern families in the crucible of America's bloodiest war....The letters and memoirs provide a poignant account of the war's terrible toll on the South's middle class....Colt located wonderful accounts of how Southerners coped with the Union occupations of the lower Shenandoah Valley, morale on the home front in the face of adversity, and how the families recovered after the war....The book provides excellent insights into the relationships of men and women in the 1860s, among families in general, and even among masters and slaves....Margaretta Barton Colt ensures that Randolph [Barton]'s story, and his brother Robert's, and those of dozen other kinfolk are not only remembered but treasured."-Maryland Historical Society
"These letters are a treasure for Civil War buffs and a wonderfully human account of life in this tumultuous period."-The State, Columbia, SC
"Through the poignancy of these letters, Defend the Valley rises above the many pedestrian narratives published in recent years....The result is a gem of a Civil War book."-Civil War
"Margaretta Barton Colt brings to life the courage, recklessness, heartbreak, and deprivation of the Valley Campaign and the battles to the east of the Blue Ridge. Whether one's sentiments lie or would have lain with the North or South, Defend the Valley is difficult to read without tears of sorrow....We come to know these people almost too well and suffer their deaths as we would those of dear friends."-The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN
"For moving writing on the Civil War, one may turn profitably to Defend the Valley"-The Virginian-Pilot
"An astonishingly vivid account of one family's experience of the Civil War."-American Heritage
"Defend the Valley is a book that resonates with the richness of human experience....By honoring her family and retrieving her story, the author has given us a book that is both a pleasure to read and a saga to be shared. Defend the Valley instructs, enlightens and perhaps most of all, reminds us that great events always knock at the homes of families. This book is a splendid history lesson."-The Civil War News
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