Virginia History

40th Virginia Infantry

40th Virginia Infantry

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Fredericksburg Civil War Sites II December 1862- April 1865

Fredericksburg Civil War Sites II December 1862- April 1865

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In the Watchfires: The Loudoun County Emancipation Association, 1890-1971

In the Watchfires: The Loudoun County Emancipation Association, 1890-1971

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Washington County Virginia in the Civil War

Washington County Virginia in the Civil War

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The citizens of Washington County, Virginia gave up their sons and daughters to the Confederate cause of the Civil War. Contributing six Confederate generals as well as Union officers, the region is emblematic of communities throughout the nation that sacrificed during the war. Though the sounds of cannon fire and gunshots were only heard at a distance, Washington County was the breadbasket for Confederate armies. From the fields surrounding Abingdon to the coveted salt works in Saltville, Union Generals were constantly eyeing the region, resulting in the Saltville Massacre and the burning of Abingdon's famous courthouse. Historian Michael Shaffer gives a detailed narrative of Washington County during the Civil War, painting vivid images of heroism on and off the battlefield.