More than a century-and-a-half removed from the Late Unpleasantness, as the War Between the States once was called, it seems to us mere history to be studied in school or an entertaining hobby for those entranced by the details of battle, troop movements, and quirky commanders. But 150 years ago, when the Union juggernaut laid waste to the Shenandoah Valley, it became the Valley's defining event of the late 19th century. Homes and crops burned. Children starved. Nothing was spared. A crow, said Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, should have to carry its provender over the Valley. Thus, this book, covering the war in the Valley, from New Market to the climactic battle at Cedar Creek. Here we meet the men who fought the war and the commanders who led them into battle over the soil where swords clashed, cannon boomed, and steeds galloped. The staff members of the Daily News-Record and Winchester Star endeavored to provide a section of interest not only to war aficionados but also to average readers who want to know more about this cataclysm in American history.