The Shenandoah Valley is a place where natural beauty, charming towns, real Americana, and hallowed military ground abounds.
The Valley was the source of many different campaigns throughout the Civil War. It connected the Eastern Theater to the Western Theater of the war and was the breadbasket of the South and the chosen invasion route to the North.
Ultimately total war was brought to this region of Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley is a vast region with over a dozen battlefields and countless Civil War sites. It’s impossible to see everything in a day.
To make the most of your time and see the most battlefields and locations, we’ve divided the Valley into different tour regions, the Northern and Southern Shenandoah Valley regions.
In each region, you will get a sample tour of the various campaigns that went through that area. It’s possible to tour the Northern Valley with the start of General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson’s Valley Campaign of 1862 and the ultimate closure of the Valley with General Sheridan in 1864.
Take a tour of the Southern Valley, where Breckenridge will call out the V.M.I. Cadets during Sigle’s Campaign of 1864. Later, discover the climactic conclusion of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign of 1862.
Many different battlefields in the Valley have breathtaking views between stops. In the Northern Valley, you will find the city of Winchester.
This most contested city changed hands more than seventy times during the war.
Today it’s a treasure trove of historic architecture, with sites such as Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters.
Not to mention it’s an ideal location to base yourself while in the Valley. An amazing amount of truly fascinating history awaits you in the Shenandoah Valley!
If you have any questions about these tour options, please get in touch.
(Do you have a special research interest or an aspect of the US Civil War that you’d like to explore with an expert guide? Learn all about our Tailor Made American Civil War Battlefield Tours.)