Stoneman's Raid, 1865

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John F. Blair, Publisher, 2010 - History - 512 pages
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In the spring of 1865, Federal major general George Stoneman launched a cavalry raid deep into the heart of the Confederacy. Over the next two months, Stoneman's cavalry rode across six Southern states, fighting fierce skirmishes and destroying supplies and facilities. When the raid finally ended, Stoneman's troopers had brought the Civil War home to dozens of communities that had not seen it up close before. In the process, the cavalrymen pulled off one of the longest cavalry raids in U.S. military history. Despite its geographic scope, Stoneman's 1865 raid failed in its primary goal of helping to end the war. Instead, the destruction the raiders left behind slowed postwar recovery in the areas it touched. In their wake, the raiders left a legacy that resonates to this day, even in modern popular music such as The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Based on exhaustive research in 34 repositories in 12 states and from more than 200 books and newspapers, Hartley's book tells the complete story of Stoneman's 1865 raid for the first time.
 

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Driving Dixie Down

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As the Civil War was ending, massive cavalry raids became a staple of Union activity. With major CSA armies tied to fixed points or unable to break contact, many areas were almost undefended. A ... Read full review

Contents

Has Stoneman Started Yet?
3
A Column of Fire
37
We Are Getting Along Very Well
67
Glory Enough for One Day
115
Yonder They Come
160
The Proudest Day in Our History
189
The Greatest Calamity That Ever Befell Our City
222
Chapter 8
269
Watch on the Catawba
300
God Only Knows What Will Be the End of This
337
We Would Have Liked to Spare Them
371
Acknowledgments
395
Appendix B Estimating the Strength of the Cavalry Division
402
Bibliography
482
Index
502
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