Episode Four - Divided Loyalties: Virginia's Northern Piedmont in the Civil War
The Civil War engulfed that part of Virginia from Leesburg to Charlottesville with such intensity that it became known as "The Desolate Land". It was a land of wealth and of servitude, and a land of differing views. This mixture of rolling hills and dense forests witnessed numerous small but bloody skirmishes and enormous strategic battles. That region is the focus of Blue Ridge PBS's fourth installment in the series on the Civil War in Virginia.
Divided Loyalties: Virginia's Northern Piedmont in the Civil War is hosted by Dr. James I. Robertson Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Tech. From the one-sided affair at Balls Bluff to the awesome cavalry engagement at Brandy Station, from the daring Mosby's Rangers to the unique John Minor Botts, cities to railroad junctions to river crossings, churches and hospitals, the war left it's imprint on all.