This informative book contains a collection of 130 personal accounts (377 pages) about people and events which occurred in Harrisonburg and around Rockingham County shortly before, during, and after the Civil War. These accounts include letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, chronologies, and articles from newspapers of the day, such as the Rockingham Register; as well as excerpts gleaned from local books, newsletters, and publications on the subject.
It includes stories about ordinary and prominent citizens, soldiers and pacifists, wives and husbands, slaves and free, heroic men and women and witnesses to the battles and The Burning, Confederates and Yankees, Secessionists and Unionists, Generals and farm boy volunteers, poignant incidents and 19th Century modes; and most of all, people on the home front during four years of strife and turbulent times. The Valley Turnpike was the “Avenue of Invasion” with both sides marching up and down through Harrisonburg throughout 1861-65.
The author intends to convey a ‘picture’ of what life was like in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War with much of the research from sources at The Heritage Museum.