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Valley of the Shadow

by Ralph Peters

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Valley of the Shadow by Ralph Peters
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  • Published in USA  May 2015
    512 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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In the Valley of the Shadow, they wrote their names in blood.

From a daring Confederate raid that nearly seized Washington, D.C., to a stunning reversal on the bloody fields of Cedar Creek, the summer and autumn of 1864 witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of our Civil War - in mighty battles now all but forgotten.

The desperate struggle for mastery of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, breadbasket of the Confederacy and the South's key invasion route into the North, pitted a remarkable cast of heroes in blue and gray against each other: runty, rough-hewn Phillip Sheridan, a Union general with an uncanny gift for inspiring soldiers, and Jubal Early, his Confederate counterpart, stubborn, raw-mouthed and deadly; the dashing Yankee boy-general, George Armstrong Custer, and the brilliant, courageous John Brown Gordon, a charismatic Georgian who lived one of the era's greatest love stories.

From hungry, hard-bitten Rebel privates to a pair of Union officers destined to become presidents, from a neglected hero who saved our nation's capital and went on to write one of his century's greatest novels, to doomed Confederate leaders of incomparable valor, Ralph Peters brings to life yesteryear's giants and their breathtaking battles with the same authenticity, skill and insight he offered readers in his prize-winning Civil War bestsellers, Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond.

Sharp as a bayonet and piercing as a bullet, Valley of the Shadow is a great novel of our grandest, most-tragic war.

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Ralph Peters

Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond, is a retired U.S. Army officer; a strategist and veteran of the intelligence world; a journalist who appears frequently in broadcast media; and a lifelong traveler with experience in over seventy countries on six continents. Combining years of walking Civil War fields and painstaking research with insight gleaned from his own military career, Ralph Peters tells great American tales in a masterful style.

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