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The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi

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Winner, 2018, Operational / Battle Historical past, Military Historic Basis Distinguished E-book Award
Winner, 2018, Fletcher Pratt Literary Award, Civil Battle Spherical Desk of New York

Benjamin Grierson’s Union cavalry thrust via Mississippi is among the most well-known operations of the Civil Battle. The final critical research was printed greater than six many years in the past. Since then different accounts have appeared, however none are deeply researched full-length research of the raid and its greater than substantial (and but typically neglected) outcomes. The publication of Timothy B. Smith’s The Actual Horse Troopers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil Battle Raid via Mississippi rectifies this oversight.

There have been different simultaneous operations to distract Accomplice consideration from the true menace posed by U. S. Grant’s Military of the Tennessee. Grierson’s operation, nevertheless, primarily performed with two Illinois cavalry regiments, has develop into essentially the most well-known, and for good motive: For 16 days (April 17 to Could 2) Grierson led Accomplice pursuers on a high-stakes chase via your complete state of Mississippi, coming into the northern border with Tennessee and exiting its southern border with Louisiana. The day by day rides had been lengthy, the remainder stops quick, and the stress excessive. Paradoxically, the person who led the raid was a former music trainer who some say disliked horses. All through, he displayed excellent management and crafty, destroyed railroad tracks, burned trestles and bridges, freed slaves, and created as a lot harm and chaos as potential.

Grierson’s Raid broke a significant Accomplice rail line at Newton Station that provided Vicksburg and, maybe most significantly, consumed the eye of the Accomplice excessive command. Whereas Accomplice Lt. Gen. John Pemberton at Vicksburg and different Southern leaders seemed within the improper instructions, Grant moved his whole Military of the Tennessee throughout the Mississippi River under Vicksburg, spelling the doom of that metropolis, the Accomplice probabilities of holding the river, and maybe the Confederacy itself.

Novelists have tried to seize the large-than-life cavalry raid within the widespread creativeness, and Hollywood reproduced the daring cavalry motion in The Horse Troopers, a 1959 main movement image starring John Wayne and William Holden. Though the movie replicates the raid’s drama and high-stakes gamble, cinematic license chipped away at its accuracy.

Based mostly upon years of analysis and introduced in gripping, fast-paced prose, Timothy B. Smith’s The Actual Horse Troopers captures the excessive drama and stress of the 1863 horse troopers in a contemporary, complete, educational research. Readers will discover it fills a large void in Civil Battle literature.

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