Colonel Grenfell's Wars: The Life of a Soldier of Fortune

Colonel Grenfell's Wars: The Life of a Soldier of Fortune

by Stephen Z. Starr
     
 

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In the predawn hours of March 7, 1868, four prisoners aided by a guard escaped from Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas and steered a small, open fishing boat into a violent storm in the Gulf of Mexico. The men were never seen again. One of them, Colonel George St. Leger Grenfell, was a British soldier of fortune who had come to America in 1862 and earned a unique…  See more details below

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In the predawn hours of March 7, 1868, four prisoners aided by a guard escaped from Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas and steered a small, open fishing boat into a violent storm in the Gulf of Mexico. The men were never seen again. One of them, Colonel George St. Leger Grenfell, was a British soldier of fortune who had come to America in 1862 and earned a unique place in the Confederate Valhalla. Grenfell, a talented cavalry officer who served with John H. Morgan, Braxton Bragg, and J. E. B. Stuart, plotted to help northern Copperheads overthrow the governments of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois and establish a Northwestern Confederacy. When the plan - the "Chicago Conspiracy" as it became known - was discovered, Grenfell, along with 150 cohorts, was arrested. He and six others were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Although Grenfell's escape from Fort Jefferson apparently ended in tragedy, rumors that the legendary soldier of fortune was still alive persisted for many years. Stephen Z. Starr vividly recounts here the fascinating story of this romantic and neglected character.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807120347
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Louisiana pbk. ed
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Z. Starr, a Cincinnati, Ohio, business executive, has long been a student of the Civil War. He has lectured extensively and has published in the Journal of Southern History, Civil War History, Wisconsin Magazine of History, and other journals.

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