By Rosemarie Joswick Palmer.
This informative book contains a collection of 130 personal accounts about people and events which occurred in Harrisonburg and around Rockingham County shortly before, during, and after the Civil War. These accounts include letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, chronologies, and articles from newspapers of the day, such as the Rockingham Register; as well as excerpts gleaned from local books, newsletters, and publications on the subject.
The author intends to convey a sense of what life was like in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. The Valley Turnpike was the Avenue of Invasion with both sides marching up and down through Harrisonburg throughout 1861-65. The stories reveal ordinary and prominent citizens, soldiers and pacifists, wives and husbands, slaves and free, heroic men and women and witnesses to the battles and The Burning, Confederates and Yankees, Secessionists and Unionists, Generals and farm boy volunteers, poignant moments and 19th Century modes. Most of all, people on the home front during four years of strife and turbulent times.
Paperback, 2012. 377 pages with images.