Alexandria and Northern Virginia were the first areas to feel the fury of the Civil War. The New York Herald war correspondent observed, Many hamlets and towns have been destroyed during the war, Alexandria has most suffered. It has been in the uninterrupted possession of the Federals. . . . Alexandria is filled with ruined people; they walk as strangers through their ancient streets, and their property is longer theirs to possess. . . . these things ensued, as the natural results of civil war; and one s sympathies were everywhere enlisted for the poor, the exiled, and the bereaved. This book graphically portrays the scenes of war and occupation.