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Touring Virginia’s and West Virginia’s Civil War Sites: Second Edition

Clint Johnson

John F. Blair, Publisher
$19.95 paperback
6 x 9  
480 pages
36 maps
160 black-and-white photos
May 2011

In the minds of many people, Virginia is the Civil War. It is the state most closely associated with Confederate luminaries Lee, Jackson, Stuart, and Mosby and Union leaders Grant, Sheridan, Burnside, McClellan, and Pope. But when Virginia’s general assembly voted the state out of the Union, citizens west of the Shenandoah Valley voted themselves out of Virginia, creating the Union state of West Virginia. Touring Virginia’s and West Virginia’s Civil War Sites covers all the significant sites in both states.

The 17 tours visit large and small battlefields, historic houses and buildings, cemeteries, monuments and statues, rivers, and mountains, while sharing the histories behind each location, some surprising and obscure: 

When Burning Springs, West Virginia, was targeted in 1863, it was the first attack in military history in which oil was the military objective

  • Had Robert E. Lee been killed or captured at a crossroads near Orlean, Virginia, in August 1862, the entire history of the war might have been altered
  • Hampton, Virginia, has the only original artifacts from the USS Monitor—not to mention a working model of the ironclad's underwater flushing toilet.

 This latest edition includes updated directions, new photographs for each site, and several new sites—including the Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, the American Center for the Civil War in Richmond, and the grave of the designer of the Confederate battle flag, William Porcher Miles, in Union, West Virginia.


“Johnson's writing style is engaging without being simplistic and he takes the pains to write excellent directions to the many Civil War sites in both Virginias. Thankfully, he groups the many sites by geography instead of time frame. While the better-known sites are covered (Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Richmond, Petersburg, both Bull Run battles, Appamattox, etc.), Johnson also covers lesser-known events (Saltville, Mine Run, Chantilly, etc.). Doing this gives the reader a better appreciation of the quantity of Civil War engagements in the area and also makes the reader aware of sites the typical person may miss. All in all, an excellent and highly recommended read!” — reviewer