Virginia was the most populous Southern state and the most agriculturally and industrially developed. But it wasn’t Virginia’s cities, farms or factories that set the stage for some of the most strategic battles. Radford geologist Robert Whisonant joins James Madison University archaeologist Clarence Geier for a discussion of how rich and vital deposits of salt, lead, iron and coal determined the locations of many Virginia battlegrounds.

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