The Key to the Shenandoah Valley offers a substantial military study of the topographical and environmental features surrounding the town of Winchester, Virginia during the Civil War. Edward McCaul focuses on six specific battles for control over the town of Winchester, but he examines these military struggles in a much larger context to indicate how the geography of the Valley was crucial to Civil War strategy. In so doing, he effectively combines environmental history, military history, and political history to reveal the importance of Winchester and its terrain.
Ward, Johnathan M.
"The Key to the Shenandoah Valley: Geography and the Civil War Struggle for Winchester,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 26
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol26/iss1/7