Throughout March, C-SPAN’s American History TV has been featuring presentations in which Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute Jonathan Noyalas, ’01, M.A., talks about various Shenandoah Valley-related topics.
Check out the episodes
Episode About Rebecca Wright – Union Spy in the Shenandoah
In the fall of 1864, Union General Philip Sheridan sought information on the position and strength of Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley. Rebecca Wright, with the help of enslaved man Thomas Laws, passed Sheridan intelligence that informed his battle plan for what would be the Third Battle of Winchester. Noyalas details Rebecca Wright’s involvement and how this action impacted the rest of her life.
Episode About Sheridan’s Ride
Noyalas looks at Union Gen. Philip Sheridan’s famous ride at the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek and its commemoration in art, literature and popular culture.
Episode About Union Veterans
Noyalas talks about how Union veterans of the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign attempted to burnish their regimental legacies through writing newspaper columns and publishing memoirs.