The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Who was Moses Ezekiel? (And why do we ask?)

Moses Ezekiel


Younger Americans in the mid 19th Century faced a future of political uncertainty. It was a particularly divisive moment in American history. Then the Civil War began. To this day, the dream of a more perfect American Union may be as elusive as ever. What does the future hold?

Moses Ezekiel was born into a Jewish family in 1844, and grew up in a working-class area of Richmond Virginia. He and his family undoubtedly would have experienced anti-Semitism during his youth. He also had dropped out of school to help out in the family business. Despite such challenges, he longed for a better life. At that time, the Virginia Military Institute offered people of modest means a path to higher education.

But by attending VMI, Ezekiel would by default be involved in the Confederate cause. He reportedly explained later that much of his decision to attend VMI was less about the issue of slavery than to help protect Virginia from Union invasion.

From VMI‘s beginnings, its training mission was to create “citizen-solders” who would develop good character and strong leadership skills, and then bring these qualities back home to civilian life. VMI was as much about citizen-solders as it was about training career military personnel, according to Lt. Col. Troy Marshall, Site Director at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, located on the New Market Battlefield in New Market, Va.

Ezekiel had actually aspired to become an artist. He may not have been a perfect fit as a soldier. His parade drill abilities could have been questioned, but his true talent as an artist was quickly recognized.

He was assigned to a corps of 295 cadets that, in May of 1864, had been given the order to march from Lexington, Va. north to New Market and stand beside some hardened Confederate regulars to defend what was then called “the Breadbasket of the Confederacy,” the Shenandoah Valley.

What resulted was a famous battlefield drama. Teenage cadets faced Union troops in actual combat and helped achieve a Confederate victory. The story quickly became legend.

A Shenandoah Springtime

The Shenandoah Valley gets its bloom on in May. From the banks of the Shenandoah River to the wildflowers on the Blue Ridge mountain skyline, nature comes alive. For locals and out-of-towners alike, a wonderful place to discover and rediscover, right here …in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia.

  Happening today

Theater production at Winchester Little Theater in Winchester, Va.

315 W. Boscawen St. You Can`t Take It With You. Runs through May 27. Showtimes: Tuesday through thursday at 7 p.m. , 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit

Food and Wine Tours at Old Town Winchester in Winchester, Va.

Old Town Winchester. A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours. Weekly event: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Dec. 30. For more information, visit

Art exhibition at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. Textile Art by Norma Fredrickson, Norma Fredrickson Fiber Art - Shenandoah Serenade. Fiber art including paint, dye, stitch, cut, and fold techniques. Runs through May 30. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Mondays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. as well as during concerts and by appointment. Opening Reception: May 6 at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit

Choir music open rehearsals at Shenandoah University

Goodson Chapel - Recital Hall. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. throughout the academic year. For more information, call 1-800-432-2266 or visit

Art exhibition in Winchester, Va.

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Tones of a New Day: Works of Radford Wine. Glen Burnie House Drawing Room. Runs through Dec. 31. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit


Outdoor program in Winchester, Va.

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. Meet at the garden entrance. Garden Lunch Box Lesson program: Rose Garden Debut. Explore the newly renovated MSV Rose Garden. Free admission fee applies for garden visits not during program time. Weather permitting. Free admission. For more information, call 1-888-556-5799 or visit

Public program at Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Va.

Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main St. Signature Speaker Series: Hope Reborn of War-Wilson Rehab Center. Lecture by author and historian Nancy Sorrells. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit

Weekly Tuesday evening bingo in Shenandoah, Va.
Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company, Shenandoah Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.
Art exhibition at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, Va.

Members Gallery, 122 South Wayne Ave. Green theme, plants in mixed media. May exhibit. Open to the public. For more information, call 540-949-7662 or visit

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“The daughter of the stars.” is owned and operated by Shenandoah Valley Productions, a little “mom-and-pop” business, but one that’s located right here in the region. Our mission has long been to showcase the area’s visual beauty, unique “Valley” people and culture and, of course, some really, really rich history.

We first fell in love with Virginia in 1970, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk. That was the year Virginia officially declared itself “for lovers.” But for us, the real love affair started in 1977, when we first visited the Shenandoah Valley on our wedding night. We moved here a year later, and well ...we are still here!

So it’s kind of a long story how we got from 1978 to this website, but here it is.

Website background photos are provided by a select group of photographers from across the region who share their own love of the Valley through the lenses of their cameras. Words alone may not really describe the place.

Our regional events listings are always up to date, and we’re not really selling anything on here. In fact, we get no outside funding, but are wholly independent. Like many of our friends and neighbors who also feel blessed to live here, free and independent, surrounded by peace and beauty.

Each month we head out to some part of this diverse region and do a feature story and travel video about it -- some cool event, piece of history or special place that makes the name "Shenandoah" so uniquely known worldwide.

So, come and set a spell, and please also consider making a donation. Either way, we’re glad you stopped by. Come on back to see us again!

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Balloon Rally in Lexington, Virginia

Balloons take flight from the VMI Parade Ground during the annual July 4th celebration. The balloon rally is sponsored by Cornerstone Bank and the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club.

About Burton R. Floyd

Burton Floyd is photographer and graphic designer in Lexington, Virginia who loves to experience and record the beauty of Virginia‘s Shenandoah Valley. by Burton R. Floyd