John Hunt Morgan and His Raiders
In John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders, Edison H. Thomas gives us a balanced view of these controversial men and their raids. In a fast-paced narrative he follows the cavalry unit for the evening the first group set out from Lexington to join the Confederate forces until the morning of Morgan's death in Greeneville, Tennessee. Basil Duke, St. Leger Grenfell, Lightning Ellsworth, and the beautiful Martha Ready all receive their due, and the truly remarkable story of the Raiders' newspaper is told.
A special contribution is the insight this account offers into the disruption of rail communications carried out with such enthusiasm by Morgan and his men. Thomas' study of the railroad records of the period has enabled him to present this part of the Raiders' story with rare detail and understanding.
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"In a brief, exciting book Edison H. Thomas traces the meteoric career of the famous raider from the early halcyon days when victory seemed possible to his death in the late summer of 1864 when defeat appeared probable."—Filson Club History Quarterly
"An informative, yet highly readable account of Morgan and his cavalry."—Journal of American Military History
"Thomas not only gives a precise account of Morgan's daring—if sometimes ill-advised—raids, but uses them to illustrate the curious nature of the man, his ability to lead by example, and his inability, or refusal, to exercise the military discipline that is also an integral part of leadership."—Louisville Courier-Journal
"A well-written book which affords an excellent overview of a controversial man and his role in the war."—Civil War Book Exchange
"This excellent book is a 'must have' book for your Confederate Cavalry bookshelf." — The Lone Star Book Review"—
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