Gird Yourselves For This Great Effort is intended to be read as a story of resistance that happens to be true. The heroes of the story are the people of the Shenandoah Valley who hoped for and dared all in their struggle for independence. In 1864, as powerful Union armies laid waste to the Valley, Confederate forces, with the support of many Valley residents, battled valiantly against overwhelming odds. Their story should offer inspiration to all who, in the present era, oppose the rampant internationalism that is the hallmark of elite opinion. This book should, therefore, capture the attention of not only historians but of anyone with an interest in the War Between the States. Five fictional short stories at the end add a note of poignancy to the book and nicely complement the history detailed on earlier pages.