From Winchester to Cedar Creek: The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864/Jeffry D Wert. Stackpole Books. Hardcover. First edition with new material 1997. Out of print. Condition: Very good. ISBN 0811706729
In this book, the author highlights the victories in the critical area of the Virginia Valley, during the Shenandoah campaign of 1864, as defining moments of the Civil War, helping to ensure the Confederate defeat in Virginia, and contributing both to Lincoln’s re-election and the Union’s ultimate victory.
Drawing on manuscript collections and many published sources, he offers vivid descriptions of the battles of Third Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Tom’s Brook, and Cedar Creek, whilst exploring how the interplay of the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate commanders resulted in victories for the former.
Supplemented with situation maps and photographs, the compelling narrative portrays the military strategies these commanders employed, offering a balanced treatment of both Union and Confederate experiences during the campaign and emphasizing its importance as a turning point in the war from both military and civilian points of view.