Sunday, August 15, 2010

A dozen cavalry raid favorites

The early release of Chris Hartley's anticipated book Stoneman's Raid, 1865 got me thinking of some of my favorite "cavalry raid" books on my shelves.

Here's a sampling:

1. Sherman's Horsemen: Union Cavalry Operations in the Atlanta Campaign by David Evans.

2. The Lightning Mule Brigade: Abel Streight's 1863 Raid into Alabama by Robert Willett.

3. Morgan Is Coming!: Confederate Raiders in the Heartland of Kentucky by Betty Gorin. [review]

4. The Raiders of 1862 by James Brewer. [info]

5. Carters Raid: An Episode of the Civil War in East Tennessee by William G. Piston.

6. They Died by Twos and Tens: The Confederate Cavalry in the Kentucky Campaign of 1862 by Kenneth Hafendorfer.

7. Action Before Westport 1864, Revised Edition by Howard Monnett. [info]

8. Up from Arkansas: Marmaduke's First Missouri Raid, Including the Battles of Springfield and Hartville by Frederick Goman. [info]

9. Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg by Eric Wittenberg & JD Petruzzi.

10. Thunder from a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana by Ray Mulesky. [review]

11. General William Averell's Salem Raid: Breaking the Knoxville Supply Line by Darrell Collins. [review]

12. Yankee Blitzkrieg: Wilson's Raid through Alabama and Georgia by James Pickett Jones.

7 comments:

  1. Used and New copies of "The Raiders of 1862" by James Brewer are very affordable ($19.95 New) on Amazon now.

    Charles S

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  2. Just wondered what was your opinion of "Grierson's Raid" by Tom Lalicki?

    Charles S

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  3. Charles,
    I've never gotten around to reading any of the Grierson's Raid books. I may be wrong, but I think most people still consider Dee Brown's the best.

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  4. Charles,
    It is amazing how much price and availability cycles back and forth for some books. Around 6 years ago when I purchased the Brewer book, it was difficult to find online and very expensive. Most listings were around $80! Now, it is very easy to find, and like you say, very reasonably priced.

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  5. Drew: How about a list of the top 25 Civil War Cavalry Books ? I believe it would be worthwhile. James

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  6. This is a good list. I especially enjoyed Evans' "Sherman's Horsemen."

    We are about to add a substantial cavalry title to the literature with "Failure in the Saddle: Nathan Bedford Forrest, Joseph Wheeler, and Confederate Cavalry in the Chickamauga Campaign," by David Powell (Savas Beatie, October 2010). Our hunch is that battle enthusiasts will really like this one.

    --tps

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  7. James,
    I agree it would be a worthwhile list project, but with cavalry operations only a recent area of interest for me, I am probably the wrong guy for it.

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