Unionists and the Civil War Experience in the Shenandoah Valley, Volume III: Bridgewater, Dayton and Surrounding Area, Rockingham County, Virginia.
Researched, compiled, and transcribed from “The Southern Claims Commission Records 1871-1880,” The National Archives, Washington, D.C. by Norman R. Wenger and David S. Rodes. Editing and Introduction by Emmert F. Bittinger, Ph.D.
“Without addressing the impact of the war on the civilian population, the story of the Civil War is incomplete and one-dimensional. If we exclude this story, we run the risk of glorifying the war as a stage set with banners flying, bands playing, and troops moving grandly over a sterile landscape.” – John L. Heatwole, Valley historian and author of The Burning.
“This volume and the ones to come will provide voluminous details that here-to-fore had been the stuff of many word-of-mouth accounts handed down through the generations. Here, from government records and sworn witnesses, researched well and edited well, are primary sources to back up the oral history that is still afloat from that time of suffering.” – James O. Lehman, Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage magazine.
Hardback, 2005. 1004 pages with appendices and index.