Give the enemy no rest ... Do all the damage to railroads and crops you can. Carry off stock of all descriptions, and negroes, so as to prevent further planting. If the war is to last another year, we want the Shenandoah Valley to remain a barren waste.
Sheridan's men did their work relentlessly and thoroughly, rendering over 400 mi.² uninhabitable. The residents referred to this widespread destruction as "The Burning."
General Sheridan’s famous claim that “a crow flying across this valley would have to carry his own rations.”
Sculpture is by Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor and very active KKK Member