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