Valley of the Shadow
The Eve of War
Fall 1859–Spring 1861

Letters & Diaries


McCue Family (1852-1861)

John Howard McCue’s father was a prominent Whig judge and attorney in Staunton. His cousin, John Marshall McCue, was also active in politics and the law. McCue’s great grandfather emigrated from Ireland to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moved eventually to Nelson County, Virginia. McCue came from a family of ministers and lawyers; he chose the law as his vocation. McCue practiced law in Nelson County in Lovingston, just over the mountain from Staunton. His family connections and law practice carried him often to Augusta. He was appointed commissary of the 51st Virginia in 1861 and served through the war.

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John M. McCue

Military Service

This collection of letters includes correspondents from Augusta County, such as John D. Imboden, Jedediah Hotchkiss, and various family members and friends about legal cases, local church activities, family affairs, Staunton and Virginia politics, financial matters, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, and sectional controversies.