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The Civil War fascinates us all in one way or another.  When I stumbled upon The Valley of the Shadow, I knew I had to share this history treasure trove with others.

The Valley of the Shadow chronicles two families, one from the North, one from the South, from the time of John Brown’s raids through reconstruction.  The southern family’s roots are in Augusta County, Virginia and the northern family’s roots are in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

You can explore thousands of original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records left by men and women from those counties.  The site is neatly broken down into three eras and then further broken down into sections for easier searching or perusing.

This is truly a fascinating project and well worth a look!