Defenders of the Valley

I have only to say that if this valley is lost Virginia is lost”.  These were the words of General Stonewall Jackson who was given the task of defending the Shenandoah Valley against two Federal armies, both of which greatly outnumbered his own force of 5000 men.  Realizing that the northern part of the valley would be difficult if not impossible to defend, General Jackson reluctantly withdrew from Winchester and moved his army to the more strategic towns further up the valley.  Federal General Nathaniel Banks then marched into the lower valley with his army of 38,000 men.

Defenders of the Valley by John Paul Strain

Defenders of the Valley

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