The Union Sixth Corps in the Shenandoah Valley, June–October 1864

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About the Book

During the summer and fall of 1864, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was one of the most contested regions of the South. Federal armies invaded the Valley three times—twice they were repulsed. This book describes the third campaign, the supreme achievement of the Army of the Potomac’s Sixth Corps.
One of the most respected units in the Federal Army, the Sixth Corps formed the nucleus of the Federal force that spent several months competing for control of the Valley with a desperate Confederate army, resulting in some of the toughest fighting of the war.
Following victories at Winchester and Fisher’s Hill the Sixth Corps campaign culminated with a remarkable stand that stopped the attacking enemy and turned what began as a disastrous defeat into a spectacular victory at Cedar Creek.

About the Author(s)

Jack H. Lepa, the author of several Civil War books, lives in Las Vegas, retired after almost forty years in the hotel industry.

Bibliographic Details

Jack H. Lepa
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 19 photos, 5 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6629-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2674-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

 1. Desperate Measures 3

 2. The Capital in Danger 14

 3. Chasing Confederates 24

 4. The Turning Point 34

 5. Back to the Valley 43

 6. An Opportunity for Sheridan 53

 7. Confusion and Delay 60

 8. The Assault Begins 69

 9. A Murderous Deadlock 81

10. A Hard Won Victory 92

11. Fisher’s Hill 104

12. Destruction in the Valley 117

13. Camping at Cedar Creek 127

14. Early Not Ready to Quit 137

15. Surprise at Cedar Creek 146

16. The Sixth Corps Holds 157

17. Sheridan Returns 168

18. A High Price for Victory 178

19. To the End 190

Chapter Notes 197

Bibliography 206

Index 215

Book Reviews & Awards

“outstanding…very highly recommended”—Midwest Book Review; “Lepa does a commendable job of not only describing the military maneuvers of the Union 6th, 8th and 19th Corps in this series of battles, but stresses for the reader the human side of the newly introduced concept of total war. His explanations of military maneuvers are historically accurate and sufficiently detailed to provide the reader with troop placement, actions and strategy. he scholarship is excellent, the readability engaging, and the battle coverage exhaustive and compelling…recommended”—Civil War News.