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Learn how the Civil War experiences of my ancestors inspired me to write three historical novels about the Civil War from different points of view. Take a Virtual Tour of the sites in my books and learn fascinating information about the Civil War. Students and teachers will find a wealth of historical information about this nation-changing war.

Shenandoah Available!!

Nancy Johnson was featured on Indie Books on Blog Talk Radio. Will Wilson interviews her about her newest book: Shenandoah: Daughter of the Stars (A Civil War Story)

The third book in Nancy Johnson's Civil War triliogy is the YA historical fiction Shenandoah: Daughter of the Stars. The novel is set in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and features independent teen Hannah Yeager who is impacted by one of the most difficult battles of the Civil War--the Battle of New Market. Shenandoah is a history lesson, a love story, and a coming of age story. Available in print and ebook

"The great attention to detail, coupled with very realistic characters and more than a few surprising twists, made for a page turning read, one that left me wanting to know more about Hannah and Willy. This story will appeal to young and old alike, especially fans of Civil War fiction. While this book is the third in a series it can easily be read as a stand alone. I really had no idea that it was part of a series until I finished it. A great Civil War fiction tale that allows readers to step into the lives of three unique characters!"
--5 Star Review from Readers' Favorite

"Readers will come away from Nancy Johnson's Shenandoah: Daughter of the Stars with a strong sense of daily life during Civil War times. Details of the war and the battles are well-researched and vivid. But we also learn about crops, food, conflicting views on slavery, and the loss and anguish felt on the home front.  The characters are vivid, including standout Hannah, a strong young woman who anchors her family right through the startling post-war ending." —Edith Hope Fine, children's author

"Shenandoah, Daughter of the Stars tells the stories of Hannah Yeager, her brother, Willie, and their friend, Charlie Richison as they cope with the destruction of their idyllic world when the American Civil War arrives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It’s an engrossing tale that will absorb young people of junior high on up—and adults, too. If we had more books like this, Americans wouldn’t be so lacking in knowledge of their country’s history."
—Judith Lown, author of A Sensible Lady

Want to know more about Nancy Johnson? Read this interview with the author.

The Trilogy

When I finished writing My Brothers' Keeper, I realized it told only part of the story of the Civil War. There were other perspectives for my readers to consider—the contribution of African Americans in the war, the strong beliefs of the Confederacy, and the divisive feelings in the Shenandoah Valley and the country as a whole in the mid–1800s. And so I decided to write a trilogy of Civil War stories for young people.
My love of history has made research a joy. When travelling to the settings of my stories, my husband and I have searched for books in small shops where dust covered volumes line the shelves. We have tramped in the swamps of northern Florida, coming within ten feet of a dozing alligator. By accident, we happened to be in Lexington, Virginia, on May 15, 1997, the day the cadets at VMI honor those cadets killed in the Battle of New Market in 1864.

As a teacher I realized there was a need for historical fiction about the Civil War. I believe many of the issues which divided our country during the Civil War still touch us today.

--Nancy Johnson



Hannah Yeager is not like her Confederate neighbors. She and her parents remain loyal to the Union and President Lincoln. She daydreams about finding her own true love. Read more >