Daring Raiders

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For all of the heroism and military prowess shown on the battlefields of the Civil War, there were as many key operations that took place far away from the front lines and made an impact no less important to the outcome of the war. Daring raiders from both the North and the South struck deep into the heart of enemy territory, capturing high-ranking officers, hijacking locomotives and gaining control of essential rail lines, and obtaining strategic information from networks of spies and co-conspirators. Written by...
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Overview

For all of the heroism and military prowess shown on the battlefields of the Civil War, there were as many key operations that took place far away from the front lines and made an impact no less important to the outcome of the war. Daring raiders from both the North and the South struck deep into the heart of enemy territory, capturing high-ranking officers, hijacking locomotives and gaining control of essential rail lines, and obtaining strategic information from networks of spies and co-conspirators. Written by historian David Phillips and illustrated with rare photographs, full-color illustrations, and unique terrain maps, Daring Raiders is an informative guide to this crucial yet often overlooked aspect of the Civil War.

This authoritative volume takes a look at the use of partisan tactics in the American Civil War, including such famous operations as John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and Andrew's Raid (also known as the Great Locomotive Chase). Also covered in vivid detail are the exploits of such legendary raiders as John Singleton Mosby, an outstanding Confederate ranger, and William W. Averell, who raided across the entire length of Virginia to successfully disrupt operations on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, a key transportation link to the South.

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