In western Virginia, a Federal force looks to capture the Great Kanawha Valley while Confederates try to consolidate their forces.
Confederates abandon Harpers Ferry in northwestern Virginia as Federals cautiously prepare to enter that part of the state.
Federal troops cross the Potomac River and seize the strategic town of Alexandria, but it comes at a tragic cost.
Joseph E. Johnston takes command of Confederates at Harpers Ferry, Va., and soon learns that the place is highly vulnerable to attack.
Virginians mobilize to defend their state against an impending Federal invasion from Washington.
Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army to follow his home state of Virginia out of the Union.