The Valley of the Shadow...
"The Valley Project details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of Reconstruction. The Valley of the Shadow is different than many other history websites. It is more like a library than a single book. There is no "one" story in the Valley Project. Rather, what you'll find are thousands of letters and diaries, census and government records, newspapers and speeches, all of which record different aspects of daily life in these two counties at the time of the Civil War. As you explore the extensive archive and you'll find that you can flip through a Valley resident's Civil War diary, read what the county newspapers reported about the battle of Gettysburg, or even search the census records to see how much the average citizen owned in 1860 or 1870.
The Valley Project is a part of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia." -- Valley of the Shadow - The Eve of War (Fall 1859 to Spring 1861), War Years (Spring 1861 to Spring 1865) & Aftermath (Spring 1865 to Fall 1870)
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