By Chris J. Hartley
"Major common George Stoneman's unjustly ignored ultimate raid has finally obtained the book-length remedy it merits. writer Chris Hartley does a masterful task of recounting the occasions and putting the crusade in its right context. Stoneman's Raid, 1865 is the definitive examine of the raid and may most likely stay so for a few years to come."
- Mark L. Bradley, writer of This excellent shut: the line to Bennett position
"Chris Hartley's Civil warfare paintings is understood for the intensity and scope of his examine, mixed with a full of life narrative. In Stoneman's Raid, 1865, a learn of the final significant cavalry raid of the battle, he has supplied simply that. Hartley's deeply researched and eminently readable narrative brings George Stoneman's raid of the spring of 1865 to existence. Made well-known by means of the tune 'The evening They Drove outdated Dixie Down,' this raid deep into Tennessee, North Carolina, and Western Virginia devastated what little remained of the Confederacy's war-making capability and helped carry the lengthy warfare to an finish. For a person attracted to the campaigns of 1865, this booklet is a must-have."
-Eric J. Wittenberg, award-winning Civil struggle historian
"Stoneman's Raid, 1865 fills a woeful hole in North Carolina's Civil struggle background. Chris Hartley's rigorously researched account fillled with own anecdotes from that point interval adequately information what Tar Heels have been considering and feeling because the war's loss hit home."
-Clint Johnson, writer of traveling the Carolinas' Civil conflict websites and traveling Virginia's and West Virginia's Civil struggle websites
In the spring of 1865, Federal significant basic George Stoneman introduced a cavalry raid deep into the center of the Confederacy. Over the following months, Stoneman’s cavalry rode throughout six Southern states, struggling with fierce skirmishes and destroying offers and amenities. while the raid ultimately ended, Stoneman’s soldiers had introduced the Civil warfare domestic to dozens of groups that had no longer visible it up shut prior to. within the approach, the cavalrymen pulled off one of many longest cavalry raids in U.S. army history.
Despite its geographic scope, Stoneman’s 1865 raid failed in its basic aim of supporting to finish the struggle. as an alternative, the destruction the raiders left at the back of slowed postwar restoration within the components it touched. of their wake, the raiders left a legacy that resonates to this present day, even in smooth renowned track corresponding to The Band’s “The evening They Drove outdated Dixie Down.”
Based on exhaustive study in 34 repositories in 12 states and from greater than two hundred books and newspapers, Hartley’s ebook tells the total tale of Stoneman’s 1865 raid for the 1st time.