Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan

Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan

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by James A. Ramage
     
 

ISBN-10: 081310839X

ISBN-13: 9780813108391

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

"The first full biography of the famous Confederate cavalry leader from Kentucky. It provides fresh, unpublished information on all aspects of Morgan's life and furnishes a new perspective on the Civil War. In a highly original interpretation, Ramage portrays Morgan as a revolutionary guerrilla chief. Using the tactics of guerrilla war and making his own rules,

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"The first full biography of the famous Confederate cavalry leader from Kentucky. It provides fresh, unpublished information on all aspects of Morgan's life and furnishes a new perspective on the Civil War. In a highly original interpretation, Ramage portrays Morgan as a revolutionary guerrilla chief. Using the tactics of guerrilla war and making his own rules, Morgan terrorized federal provost marshals in an independent campaign to protect Confederate sympathizers in Kentucky. He killed pickets and used the enemy uniform as a disguise, frequently masquerading as a Union officer. Employing civilians in the fighting, he set off a cycle of escalating violence which culminated in an unauthorized policy of retaliation by his command on the property of Union civilians. To many southerners, Morgan became the prime model of a popular movement for guerrilla warfare that led to the Partisan Ranger Act. For Confederates he was the ideal romantic cavalier, the "Francis Marion of the War," and they make him a folk hero who was especially adored by women. Discerning fact from folklore, Ramage describes Morgan's strengths and weaknesses and suggests that excessive dependence on his war bride contributed to his declining success. The author throws new light on the Indiana-Ohio Raid and the suspenseful escape from the Ohio Penitentiary and unravels the mysteries around Morgan's death in Greeneville, Tennessee. Rebel Raider also shows how in the popular mind John Hunt Morgan was deified as a symbol of the Lost Cause.

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ISBN-13:
9780813108391
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
671,088
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.84(d)

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Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
budman1948 More than 1 year ago
I a very enlightening book on the life and military career of General John Hunt Morgan. Brought many unknown facts as to the personality of the General, the devotion to his wife Mattie, his men and the Southern cause. Excellent insights to the partisan warfare that was so widely used during the war. It brought out the short comings as well as the greatness of General Morgan. A must read book!