• Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP

    Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

    National Historical Park Virginia

Park Newspaper


The Sentinel


The National Park Service has issued The Sentinel magazine to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Explore the many articles explaining the Spring, Summer, and Fall events from the Valley to the gates of Washington D.C. The Sentinel - Washington Attacked: The 1864 Invasion & 1864 Shenandoah
Valley Campaign

Did You Know?

thumbnail image of a Civil War cannon crew

In 1860, Shenandoah Valley counties voted for John Bell, a moderate Democrat dedicated to maintaining the Union. Valley counties at a state convention urged staying in the Union, but after the firing on Fort Sumter they stayed with Virginia rather than joining the new state of West Virginia.