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Valley of the Shadow

Valley of the Shadow

A Novel

The Battle Hymn Cycle (Volume 3)

Ralph Peters

Forge Books


Winner of the 2015 Boyd Award for Literary Excellence in Military Fiction

New York Times
bestselling author Ralph Peters returns with Valley of the Shadow, the third installment in his Boyd Award-winning series on the Civil War

In the Valley of the Shadow, they wrote their names in blood.

The summer and autumn of 1864 witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of the American Civil War, from a daring Confederate raid that nearly seized Washington, D.C., to a stunning reversal on the bloody fields of Cedar Creek—mighty battles now all but forgotten.
The desperate struggle for mastery of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley pitted a remarkable cast of heroes in blue and gray against each other: Philip Sheridan, a Union general with an uncanny gift for inspiring soldiers, and Jubal Early, his Confederate counterpart, stubborn and deadly; George Armstrong Custer, and the brilliant, courageous John Brown Gordon.
Ralph Peters brings to life yesteryear’s giants and their breathtaking battles. Sharp as a bayonet and piercing as a bullet, Valley of the Shadow is a great novel of our grandest, most-tragic war.


July 6, 1864

Maryland Heights

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Praise for Valley of the Shadow

“[Peters'] immense knowledge of the tactics and the details of a soldier's life at that time are combined with a narrative drive that kept me turning pages late into the night.” —Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

“His empathy and insight have never been more powerfully expressed. Valley of the Shadow is a blazing masterpiece.” —W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author

“Historical fiction can do something that not even the best history texts can. It can make the reader say, ‘Yes, this is how it felt.' Looking for proof of this? Just open the Ralph Peters novel you are holding.” —George F. Will

“Brilliantly conceived and executed, Valley of the Shadow achieves that rare feat of combining genuine reading enjoyment with superb scholarship.” —General Sid Shachnow, U.S. Army Special Forcess (Retired)

“...a gripping novel that is as historically accurate as it is enthralling.” —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture


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Ralph Peters

RALPH PETERS, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond, is a retired U.S. Army officer; a strategist and veteran of the intelligence world; a journalist who appears frequently in broadcast media; and a lifelong traveler with experience in over seventy countries on six continents. Combining years of walking Civil War fields and painstaking research with insight gleaned from his own military career, Ralph Peters tells great American tales in a masterful style.

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