The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts: Union Soldiers, Prisoners, Spies

The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts: Union Soldiers, Prisoners, Spies

by Gordon L. Olson

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The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts: Union Soldiers, Prisoners, Spies by Gordon L. Olson

While large armies engaged in epic battles in the eastern theater of the Civil War, a largely unchronicled story was unfolding along the Mississippi River. Thirty "Special Scouts" under the command of Lieutenant Isaac Newton Earl patrolled the river, gathering information about Confederate troop activity, arresting Rebel smugglers and guerillas, and opposing anti-Union insurrection. Gordon Olson gives this special unit full book-length treatment for the first time in The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts.

Olson uses new research in assembling his detailed yet very readable account of Earl, a dynamic leader who rose quickly through Union Army ranks to command this elite group. He himself was captured by the Confederates three times and escaped three times, and he developed a strategic -- and later romantic -- relationship with a Southern woman, Jane O'Neal, who became one of his spies. In keeping the river open for Union Army movement of men and supplies to New Orleans, Earl's Scouts played an important, heretofore unheralded, role in the Union's war effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467442244
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Gordon L. Olson is city historian emeritus of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and coeditor of Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Grand Rapids.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: An Occupation Army 1

1 President Lincoln's Call 13

2 On the Mississippi 31

MAP: The Country Back of Baton Rouge 58

3 "Zeal, Daring, and Good Conduct" 59

4 "Rusticating, Foraging, and Scouting" 83

5 "Organize a Corps of Mounted Scouts" 104

MAP: The Natchez Region 138

6 "The Country's Terror" 139

7 "A Valuable Agent of the Government" 158

MAP: Memphis to Baton Rouge 184

8 "Invaluable Services" 185

9 "I Shall Do All I Can…" 209

10 The Scouts' Contributions 236

Epilogue: "Good Service" 248

Appendix A Articles Captured by the Scouts 257

Appendix B Roster of the Scouts 259

Selected Bibliography 272

Index 290

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