The town of Lexington is the
seat of Rockbridge County in
the Shenandoah Valley.
During the American Civil War
(1861–1865), it was home to Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and the Virginia Military Institute. Although not
of great strategic importance, the town nevertheless smoldered in the atmosphere of
war long before many other Virginian communities felt the conflict. In November 1859,
a detachment of its resident co. . .
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