At the request of Union general Ulysses S. Grant, in 1864 Major General Frederick Steele stripped the Department of Arkansas of twelve thousand menhalf its strengthto support an expedition in Louisiana. And while the depleted infantry remained largely in garrison, the 8th Missouri Cavalry and its counterparts were ordered to patrol central Arkansas under horrid conditions and protect the state from guerrilla Rebels. The regiment spent nine long months battling against Confederate general Jo Shelby's efforts to raid the White River Valley behind Union lines while simultaneously battling to secure Arkansas' borders. Join author David Casto as he explores the 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry's perilous excursion into enemy territory.
About the Author
David Casto is a mechanic and amateur historian living in Maumelle, Arkansas. He is a member and Secretary/Treasurer of the General James McPherson Camp, Sons of Union Veterans in Little Rock. He earned the Charles O. Durnett Award for preliminary chapters of Arkansas Late in the Civil War in 2012.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The 8th Missouri Cavalry and the War in Arkansas 11
Dramatis Personae 19
1 We Are All Right but May Need Assistance 25
2 Shall Make a Long Leg After Him Tomorrow 35
3 Draw Plenty of Ammunition 49
4 Colonel Geiger Left Here 1,500 Strong 61
5 To Horse! To Arms! 69
6 It Is Very Uncertain for a Soldier's Abiding Place 81
7 Do Not Be Uneasy 93
Afterword: They Sleep in Soldiers' Graves 105
Map Section 109
About the Author 127