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Compelled to Fight

By Thomas Rittenburg • Edited by Frank E. Grizzard, Jr.

Compelled to Fight: The Secession Crisis in Rockbridge County, Virginia


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ISBN – 978-0-9800077-6-3    •    Paperback    •    Page Count – 475    •    Size – 6 x 9

The American Civil War continues to stir passion and fascination for many readers and historians. While there are hundreds of books about the war itself there are hardly any that delve into the mysteries of why a once united country at peace with itself and the world went to war—a war that has not been exceeded on this continent for its destruction or slaughter. Read this book and you will understand why Virginia seceded.

In Compelled to Fight the causes of the Civil War are examined through Rockbridge County, Virginia, a microcosm of antebellum Virginia and touches upon why this Union loving people in the most critical border state abandoned hope of compromise and cast their lot with the South. Rittenburg presents the who’s who of Lexington, VMI, W&L, Rockbridge County and the local events that led to ultimate secession. Compelled to Fight is 500 pages, illustrated and indexed.


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