Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth: The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry

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McFarland, May 26, 2017 - History - 264 pages
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Near the end of the Civil War, Army Chief of Staff Henry W. Halleck described the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry as "cowed and useless" after they were "cut up" by Confederate Colonel John Mosby's Rangers. The following April the New Yorkers made their place in history when 26 men led by Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty captured and killed John Wilkes Booth. An amalgam of three partially formed regiments, the 16th was plagued by early desertions, poor leadership and a near mutiny as its First Battalion prepared to march to northern Virginia to bolster the outer defenses of Washington in October 1863. The regiment spent most of the remainder of the war chasing Mosby's cavalry. They won a few tactical victories but were mainly confounded by the Confederate guerrillas. Drawing on personal letters, diaries and memoirs by men of the 16th, and the recollections of Mosby's men, this deeply researched history provides fresh perspective on Mosby's exploits and the hunt for Booth.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
A Regiment Is Formed
13
Colonel Lazelle Joins His Regiment
50
The Spring 1864 Campaign
63
JulyAugust 1864 More Challenges More Losses
75
SeptemberOctober 1864 More and More Losses
94
A New Colonel and Brigade Reorganization
112
At Wars End
143
Postwar Fortunes and Failures
152
Roster of Officers and Sergeants
183
Regimental Deaths in Andersonville and Other Prisons
225
Chapter Notes
228
Bibliography
242
Index
251
Copyright

Victory and Tragedy
129

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James Carson, a retired CIA and Army officer, has more than thirty years of experience as a military intelligence analyst, manager, and educator. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

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