Walker's Texas Division, C.S.A.: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi

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LSU Press, 2004 - History - 339 pages
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Colorfully known as the Greyhound Division for its lean and speedy marches across thousands of miles in three states, Major General John G. Walker's infantry division in the Confederate army was the largest body of Texans - about 12,000 men at its formation - to serve in the American Civil War. Walker's unit remained, uniquely for either side in the conflict, a stable group of soldiers from a single state from its creation in 1862 until its disbandment at the war's end. Richard Lowe's compelling account shows how this collection of farm boys, store clerks, carpenters, and lawyers became the trans-Mississippi's most potent Confederate fighting unit, from the vain attack at Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, in 1863 during Grant's Vicksburg campaign to stellar performances at the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry that helped repel Nathaniel P. Banks's Red River campaign of 1864. that Walker's enlisted men were somewhat older, more likely to be married, and more often heads of households than their counterparts, both Rebel and Yankee. Although the Confederacy may have erred in not sending the division east of the Mississippi River to fight in larger campaigns, Lowe's book yields the poignant conclusion that the Greyhounds were content to remain where they were to shield their families from an invading enemy and the devastation of war. A skillful blending of narrative drive and demographic profiling, Walker's Texas Division, C.S.A. represents an innovative history of the period that is sure to set a new benchmark.

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This is a good narrative history of the unit in question from the ground up, with the author being mostly interested in delving into the evolution of attitudes of the randk-and-file soldier over time ... Read full review


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Richard Lowe is the author or editor of five previous books. He is also Regents Professor of History of North Texas.

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