Welcome to my blog on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. My name is Scott Patchan and I have studied this topic in intricate detail for nearly twenty-five years. Over the course of that time, I have written three books on the topic, The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont; Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign; and Opequon Creek: The Last Battle of Winchester. Additionaly, I have written a book titled Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge which will be published by Potomac Books, formerly known as Brassey’s later this year. I also served as an historical consultant and writer for Time-Life’s Voices of the Civil War: Shenandoah 1864 . I have written dozens of articles and led dozens of tours on Valley Topics, not to mention my scores of visits to Valley battlefields. I have serve on the Kernstown Battlefield Association Board of Directors and am a member of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s Resource Protection Committee.
This blog will focus primarily on the 1864 Valley Campaign but will include other topics from time to time, including the “other” Valley Campaign, the Second Manassas Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign and other items that may be of interest to readers. With the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War upon us, expect to see plenty of original first person accounts of a wide variety as I attempt to share the large volume of research material that I have amassed over the years.
Now Out – My Revised work on the Battle of Piedmont: