Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War
The citizens of Washington County, Virginia gave up their sons and daughters to the Confederate cause of the Civil War. Contributing six Confederate generals as well as Union officers, the region is emblematic of communities throughout the nation that sacrificed during the war. Though the sounds of cannon fire and gunshots were only heard at a distance, Washington County was the breadbasket for Confederate armies. From the fields surrounding Abingdon to the coveted salt works in Saltville, Union Generals were constantly eyeing the region, resulting in the Saltville Massacre and the burning of Abingdon's famous courthouse. Historian Michael Shaffer gives a detailed narrative of Washington County during the Civil War, painting vivid images of heroism on and off the battlefield.
About Michael K. Shaffer (Atlanta, Georgia Author)
Michael K. Shaffer, is a Civil War historian, author, newspaper columnist, and instructor. Shaffer remains a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and Georgia Association of Historians. He holds BA and MA degrees with honors in Military History - Civil War Studies. He frequently lectures various groups, and currently teaches Civil War courses at Kennesaw State University's College of Continuing and Professional Education.