"If This Valley is Lost...", Phil Greenwalt

Jan 4 2022 - 7:00pm

By the autumn of 1864, the Shenandoah Valley, the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy” was again a target for the Northern war effort. Standing in their way was a Confederate force commanded by Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early. Within his ranks stood the proud remnants of commands that had served under the late General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson two years prior. Much like the spring campaign of 1862, the chance to stave off disaster for the Confederacy and possibly reverse the fortunes of their cause were still the stakes facing the Confederates as the Federals prepared another invasion of the Valley of Virginia. This campaign, which would become a microcosm of the overall war by 1864, tested the prediction written by the late General Thomas Jackson in 1862; “If this Valley is Lost…”

           Bio: Phillip S. Greenwalt is the co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and a full-time historian with Emerging Civil War. He is the author or co-author of five                  books on the American Revolution and American Civil War. Phill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University and holds a graduate              degree in American history from George Mason University. A 14-year veteran of the National Park Service, he is currently the Chief of Interpretation and Education                at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Maryland.