History, Department of

 

Title

The Shenandoah Valley

Date of this Version

4-20-2004

Comments

Published in , April 20, 2004. © 2004 William G. Thomas III and Southern Spaces. http://www.southernspaces.org/contents/2004/thomas/3a.htm

Abstract

The Shenandoah Valley was called the Great Valley of Virginia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Its geography linked together North and South along the Border, and it served as a network for trade and migration. The Valley became a strategic objective for both Federal and Confederate forces in the Civil War, and later a broad avenue for industrial development, railroads, mining, lumbering, and tourism.