Essay about The Valley Of The Shadow Archive

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The American Civil War was a conflict between Northern and Southern states of the United States between 1861 and 1865. The Valley of the Shadow archive was put together to tell the stories of the residents of Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania during the Civil War. From 1862 to 1864 Nancy Emerson of Augusta County kept a diary detailing her life during the war. In the year 1863, Rachel Cormany kept a diary of her life in Franklin County. Life in both counties during this time was very similar. One aspect of similarity in both counties was that the war was very close to them. A second aspect of similarity in both counties was that both counties had to deal with enemy troops raiding their towns. A third aspect of similarity was that both women were supportive of their side. All in all life in both counties was very similar because of three things, which are the closeness of the war to the counties, the raids both counties faced from enemy troops, and both women being supportive of their side in the war. Both Augusta County and Franklin County were very close to the battles of the Civil War. The closeness of the war can be shown in the May 1862 entry of Nancy Emerson, when she states, “The firing was heard here all day by many, a distance of 33m.” This quote shows that the war was only 33 miles away from Augusta County and that the county was close enough to the war to hear the firing of weapons. The closeness of the war to Franklin County can be…

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