The Horse Soldiers Raid: Griersons Raid & Hatchs March During the American Civil War R.W. Surby

ISBN: 9781782820185

Published: December 8th 2012

Hardcover

152 pages


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The Horse Soldiers Raid: Griersons Raid & Hatchs March During the American Civil War  by  R.W. Surby

The Horse Soldiers Raid: Griersons Raid & Hatchs March During the American Civil War by R.W. Surby
December 8th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 152 pages | ISBN: 9781782820185 | 10.41 Mb

The greatest Union cavalry raid of the Civil War During the American Civil War in 1863, Union army commander, General U. S. Grant ordered Colonel Benjamin Grierson, of the 6th Illinois Cavalry, to embark on a raid into and through Confederate heldMoreThe greatest Union cavalry raid of the Civil War During the American Civil War in 1863, Union army commander, General U. S. Grant ordered Colonel Benjamin Grierson, of the 6th Illinois Cavalry, to embark on a raid into and through Confederate held territory to disrupt the enemys lines of communication.

Grierson departed from La Grange, Tennessee in command of 1,700 men-a brigade of the 6th and 7th Illinois and 2nd Iowa Cavalry regiments. In the course of a 17 day, 800 mile march Griersons command fought numerous engagements, disabled two railroads, destroyed thousands of dollars-worth of vital war material and took both horses and prisoners before arriving in Baton Rouge. More importantly the raid broke lines of communication between the Confederate command of the eastern theatre and Vicksburg which diverted enemy attention form Grants main thrust.

Union general, W. T. Sherman declared this achievement, the most brilliant expedition of the war, and the following month Grierson was promoted to the rank of brigadier-general. Modern readers who are not completely unfamiliar with the history of the raid may recognise that it was upon these actual events that John Fords famous film starring John Wayne, The Horse Soldiers, is based.

This book was written by a soldier who served under Grierson and so benefits from the authenticity of a first hand account. This text was originally published with the unrelated recollections of a Union army scout, these have been removed from this edition (but are published separately by Leonaur) to allow greater focus on these pivotal events.Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles- each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket- our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.



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