Valley of the Shadow
The Aftermath
Spring 1865–Fall 1870

Letters & Diaries


Nadenbousch Family (1861)

John Quincy Adams Nadenbousch served as a colonel for the confederate army during the civil war. He was born in 1824 and lived in Berkeley, Virginia with his wife Hester J. Nadenbousch. Hester would die in 1879 while John lived on until 1892.

John Nadenbousch wrote about the conditions in Augusta County immediately after the end of the war, including his distaste for the loyalty oath, postwar economic hardships, and the local political climate. John continued to live in Staunton and run the American Hotel as late as 1866, while his wife Hester remained in Berekley County, West Virginia.