Morgan's Great Raid:: The Remarkable Expedition from Kentucky to Ohio (Civil War Sesquicentennial) (Civil War Series)

Morgan's Great Raid:: The Remarkable Expedition from Kentucky to Ohio (Civil War Sesquicentennial) (Civil War Series)

David L. Mowery

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1609494369

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A military operation unlike any other on American soil, Morgan's Raid was characterized by incredible speed, superhuman endurance and innovative tactics. One of the nation's most colorful leaders, Confederate general John Hunt Morgan, took his cavalry through enemy-occupied territory in three states in one of the longest offensives of the Civil War. The effort produced the only battles fought north of the Ohio River and reached farther north than any other regular Confederate force. With twenty-five maps and more than forty illustrations, Morgan's Raid historian David L. Mowery takes a new look at this unprecedented event in American history, one historians rank among the world's greatest land-based raids since Elizabethan times.

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put on their coats, haversacks, or canteens,” wrote Captain Joseph P. Glezen of Company H, Eightieth Indiana Infantry. The men nervously watched as the dust cloud raised by Hardin’s retreating cavalrymen drew toward them. About 3:30 p.m., Hardin’s exhausted cavalrymen filed rapidly into position alongside Jacob’s ninety men. Their trailing cloud of dust obscured Morgan’s view of Hobson’s artillery and three infantry regiments supporting them. Suddenly, Morgan found himself galloping headlong

steadily infiltrating and occupying key portions of the fledgling country. They had captured New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville, three of the Confederacy’s largest providers of war materiel. The Union navy’s successful blockade of the Confederacy’s major coastal ports prevented Southern trade for foreign goods, causing the Confederate economy to deteriorate faster. In the political war, President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863 deterred any notion that

Lawrence with his two Parrott rifles to the tall bluff above town. Lawrence’s artillerymen performed good work that day, their solid shot consistently skipping over the water around the gunboat. The Parrott rifles boasted a projectile range over four times greater than that of Watson’s Dahlgrens. Private Thomas Berry, watching the scene from the bluff above town, saw one of Lawrence’s shells hit the pilot cabin. Being too close for comfort, Watson pulled his craft back to within the maximum range

plain clothes to make it harder for snipers to distinguish him from his troopers. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. However, John Morgan also harbored a darker side to his personality. He frequently suffered bouts of depression that would affect him for weeks at a time. To counteract his melancholic fits, he often gambled, drank heavily and enjoyed the company of loose women—all respectable acts in upper-class antebellum Southern society. Duke testified that Morgan never did anything that

little about East Tennessee until Morgan and his band were caught. Morgan held an advantage over his enemies whenever they tried to catch him by horse or on foot. However, the Civil War had introduced the use of railroads for conveying troops to the battlefield. Railroads would place Morgan’s cavalry at a disadvantage. Union major George Washington Rue turned thirty-five years old a month before he started on his journey to capture the wily Morgan. Standing at six feet, three inches tall, Rue

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