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Battle Cry of Freedom The Civil War Era

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Battle of Cedar Creek Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

Battle of Cedar Creek Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

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Nestled between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley enjoyed tremendous prosperity before the Civil War.


This valuable stretch of land--called the Breadbasket of the Confederacy due to its rich soil and ample harvests--became the source of many conflicts between the Confederate and Union armies. Of the thirteen major battles fought here, none was more influential than the Battle of Cedar Creek. On October 19, 1864, General Philip Sheridan's Union troops finally gained control of the valley, which eliminated the Shenandoah as a supply source for Confederate forces in Virginia, ended the valley's role as a diversionary theater of war and stopped its use as an avenue of invasion into the North.

Civil War historian, preservationist, and author Jonathan A. Noyalas explains the battle and how it aided Abraham Lincoln's reelection campaign and defined Sheridan's enduring legacy.

Battle of Fisher's Hill Breaking the Shenandoah Valley's Gibraltar

Battle of Fisher's Hill Breaking the Shenandoah Valley's Gibraltar

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A fascinating documentation of the Battle of Fisher's Hill, explaining this pivotal Civil War battle and its implications for nearby civilians.


The Battle of Fisher's Hill created a greater opportunity to destroy harvests from the "Breadbasket of the Confederacy" than any other Union victory in the hotly contested Shenandoah Valley. Union major general Philip Sheridan's men forced Confederate lieutenant general Jubal A. Early's smaller force to retreat, leading to the burning of barns and mills across the region. In this first-ever book focused on this engagement, Civil War historian Jonathan A. Noyalas explains the battle, its effect on area civilians and its meaning to both sides, as well as the battlefield's important role in postwar reunion and reconciliation.

Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Campaign for Staunton The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign

Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Campaign for Staunton The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign

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The Battle of Piedmont has long been considered a small battle with massive consequences. A must-have for Shenandoah Valley and Civil War enthusiasts.


In 1864, General Grant tasked General David Hunter with raiding the breadbasket of the Shenandoah Valley and destroying the Confederate factories and supply lines. General Lee dispatched General William E. "Grumble" Jones, and the forces collided up the fertile fields of eastern Augusta County. It was a bloody day--the Battle of Piedmont saw more men killed and wounded than in any of Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley encounters. Sweeping on to victory, Federal forces then occupied Staunton and laid waste to the railroad and Confederate workshops.

Join Civil War historian Scott C. Patchan, a leading authority on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and sitting member of Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation's Resource Protection Committee, as he chronicles the campaign and sheds light on its place in the war.

Battle of South Mountain

Battle of South Mountain

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Join historian John Hoptak as he narrates the critical Battle of South Mountain, long overshadowed by the Battle of Antietam.


In September 1862, Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia north of the Potomac River for the time as part of his Northern invasion, seeking a quick end to the war. Lee divided his army in three, sending General James Longstreet north to Hagerstown and Stonewall Jackson south to Harper's Ferry. It was at three mountain passes, referred to as South Mountain, that Lee's army met the Federal forces commanded by General George B. McClellan on September 14. In a fierce day-long battle spread out across miles of rugged, mountainous terrain, McClellan defeated Lee but the Confederates did tie up the Federals long enough to allow Jackson's conquest of Harper's Ferry.

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

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The South's best day hikes on the Appalachian Trail!

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South details 45 hikes along the AT from the trail's southern terminus atop Georgia's Springer Mountain north through North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. These superlative treks visit overlooks, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and wilderness, as well as scenic, cultural, and historical sites--even trail towns. This selection of hikes reflects the great variety of features the southern AT provides, and the guide is authored by the Southeast's most experienced outdoor writer, Johnny Molloy.

Birds of North America Card Game

Birds of North America Card Game

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Professor Noggin's series of educational games encourages kids to learn interesting facts about their favorite subjects. Each of the thirty game cards combines trivia, true or false, and multiple choice questions. A special three-numbered die is included which creates interaction and promotes communication between players. Easy and hard levels keep kids interested and challenged - while of course having fun.
Birds of West Virginia Field Guide

Birds of West Virginia Field Guide

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Learn to Identify Birds in West Virginia!

Make bird watching in West Virginia even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela's famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don't live in your area. This book features 117 species of West Virginia birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a helpful compare feature, range maps, and stunning full-page photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

Booker T. Washington The Life and the Legacy DVD

Booker T. Washington The Life and the Legacy DVD

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Through narration and re-enactment this film traces Washington, a prominent African American, and the founding of Tuskegee Institute which was established to educated newly freed people after the Civil War. It recreates vignettes and interviews with contemporaries including W.E.B. Du Bois.Running time: 31 minutes. Bonus films on this DVD include Longing to Learn: Booker T. Washington's Story, Frederick Douglas: An American Life, and The Maggie Lena Walker Story.
Bookmark African American

Bookmark African American

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