Brigadier General John D. Imboden: Confederate Commander in the Shenandoah

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Overview

" John D. Imboden is an important but often overlooked figure in Civil War history. With only limited militia training, the Virginia lawyer and politician rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Confederate Army and commanded the Shenandoah Valley District, which had been created for Stonewall Jackson. Imboden organized and led the Staunton Artillery in the capture of the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry. He participated in the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas and organized a cavalry command that fought alongside Stonewall Jackson in his Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The Jones/Imboden Raid into West Virginia cut the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and ravaged the Kanawha Valley petroleum fields. Imboden covered the Confederate withdrawal from Gettysburg and later led cavalry accompanying Jubal Early in his operations against Philip Sheridan in Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Imboden completed his war service in command of Confederate prisons in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Spencer C. Tucker fully examines the life of this Confederate cavalry commander, including analysis of Imboden's own post-war writing, and explores overlooked facets of his life, such as his involvement in the Confederate prison system, his later efforts to restore the economic life of his home state of Virginia by developing its natural resources, and his founding of the city of Damascus, which he hoped to make into a new iron and steel center. Spencer C. Tucker, John Biggs Professor of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, is the author of Vietnam and the author or editor of several other books on military and naval history. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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"Carefully and critically compares Imboden's own accounts of events against each other, as well as against other sources, to come up with an excellent look at the general's role in the war." -- NYMAS Review

"Reexamines the career of a distinguished Confederate cavalry commander who has largely been ignored." -- Pelgram (TN) Advocate

"Tucker has provided a solid work on Imboden. No other biography will be necessary in the foreseeable future." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Fills a useful role -- the account of the life of a Virginian general, dedicated in war and peace to Virginia." -- Roanoke Times

"Imboden had a fascinating career, both in and out of the Confederate Army.... Students of the Shenandoah Valley campaigns, and those just plain interested in the remarkable lives of the lesser-known military leaders will enjoy this biography." -- Signal Flag

"Prof. Tucker has provided a good critical military biography of the man, fitting his career into the wider framework of operations." -- The NYMAS Review

"Tucker has provided a good critical military biography of the man, fitting his career into the wider framework of operations." -- NYMAS Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813122663
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 11/29/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,306,761
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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