Touring the Battlefields
Gallagher, Gary W., Humanities
On a splendid late October day in 1996, Jim McPherson and I rode our bicycles through the battlefield at Cedar Creek. The battle of Cedar Creek, the last major encounter of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, had taken place in an October one-hundred-and-thirty-two years earlier, just weeks before the presidential election. Union General Philip H. Sheridan won a smashing triumph over Jubal A. Earle's Confederate army. Sheridan's victory, coming as it did just before Northern voters cast their ballots, buoyed Union morale and helped guarantee Abraham Lincoln's reelection.
On the battlefield that long-ago day, there had been a striking change in momentum. Early's soldiers had …
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Publication information: Article title: Touring the Battlefields. Contributors: Gallagher, Gary W. - Author. Magazine title: Humanities. Volume: 21. Issue: 2 Publication date: March/April 2000. Page number: 10+. © Superintendent of Documents Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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