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Book Reviews

These are some reviews from a recent issue of The Civil War News:

 


Gibraltar of the Shenandoah: Civil War Sites and Stories of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia

Robert H. Moore II

Illustrated, map, bibliography, index, softcover, 176 pp., 2004. Augusta County Historical Society, P.O. Box 686, Staunton, VA 24402-0686, $24.95 plus shipping.



As the traveler traverses the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it is difficult to envision how much of this area was ravaged by the Civil War. It is an area of not only breath-taking vistas, but also one of significant historic treasures tucked away within its valleys. Gibraltar of the Shenandoah is a wonderful guidebook to those treasures.

Robert H. Moore II has authored seven of the titles in the Virginia Regimental Series and previously wrote a book concerning Civil War sites in Luray and Page County in the Virginia Civil War Travels Series.

Gibraltar of the Shenandoah is a gem for anyone who wishes to travel the historic areas of Augusta County with detailed excursions into Staunton and Waynesboro. The book is arranged into 11 tours, some with a few stops, and others with a dozen or so. There are detailed and easy to follow directions from site to site within a tour.

A full colored maps is included as part of the book. There are approximately 100 different locations to visit. A text provides the significance of each site along with a nice blend of vintage and modern photographs.

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring the back roads of a historic part of Virginia. An added bonus, especially for genealogists, is the appendix, which provides lists of members of the Stonewall Jackson Camp of 1905, Disability or Artificial Limb Applicants, 1882-1886, and Augusta County Confederate and Widow Pensioners, 1888-1902.


Michael Russert

Michael Russert, a member of the North Shore Round Table of Long Island and the Company of Military Historians, has a MALS plus 60 hours in American Studies. He is Coordinator of The New York State Veteran Oral History Program.


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