Primary Sources on Virginia

ByTAH Staff
On July 12, 2012

The “Valley of the Shadow” Project created by the Virginia Center for Digital History (University of Virginia) details life in two American communities from the time of John Brown’s raid through Reconstruction. The Northern community in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and its Southern cousin in Augusta County, Virginia provide unique perspectives from hundreds of people of Civil War era events. Students, teachers and fans of this time period can explore thousands of original letters, diaries, newspapers and speeches, and more from this unique archive.

West Virginia Statehood
County Map of Virginia and West Virginia, S. Augustus Mitchell and W.H. Gamble (Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell, c. 1863, Library of Congress,

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