The Shenandoah Valley, 1861-1865: The Destruction of the Granary of the Confederacy
Conventional wisdom has it that the Shenandoah Valley, called the granary of the Confederacy, was of vital strategic importance during the Civil War. New evidence, however, shows that since most of its resources were depleted by late 1862, the significance of the Valley has been overestimated.
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