Thunder from a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana

Thunder from a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana

by Raymond Mulesky


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This isn't an ordinary Civil War tale. It is the all-true but little-known story of Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson-Kentucky legend, Texas hero, and Confederate cavalry officer-who boldly led the first Confederate raid across the Mason-Dixon Line to capture the thriving river-port community of Newburgh, Indiana, during the American Civil War. Not a shot was fired.

With the politically divided landscape of Civil War Kentucky and the steamboat economy of the Ohio River as its backdrop, this is the historically accurate account of surprise nocturnal strikes, opportunistic military occupations, and a swashbuckling Rebel icon's daring daylight invasion into the Northern homeland that sealed the fate of western Kentucky for the remainder of the war.

Vivid, thorough, and painstakingly researched, Thunder from a Clear Sky documents five critical weeks of 1862 Civil War history and shares the untold tale of one man's immeasurable impact on a nation at war.

"A fascinating account of how a skilled former Indian fighter gathered a few Kentucky rebels and 'woke up' the slumbering Indiana Home Guard."

-Evansville Courier & Press Book Reviews

"An important and, until now, largely neglected story about the American Civil War... Thunder from a Clear Sky stands as a fresh and important contribution in a field long studied."-Professor Randy K. Mills, Ph.D., Oakland City University, author of Jonathan Jennings: Indiana's First Governor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583483008
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Thunder from a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gl_1800 More than 1 year ago
The author recounts dramatically , and correctly, the tale of Stovepipe Johnson and his daring exploit who, with a handful of soldiers, bluffed his way into the garrison of military rifles in Newburgh, Indiana. One of the interesting aspects of the book is the details listing the locations and streets in both Henderson, Kentucky as well as Newburgh. The author tells the story in such a way that the reader can 'see' the locations where the action takes place. I found it a very good read for anyone but especially for te people of Henderson, Kentucky and Newburgh, Indiana.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book discusses one of the most unique Civil War incidents to occur in the midwest - the capture of Newburgh, Indiana by 27 Kentucky rebels led by the redoubtable figure of Adam R. Johnson. This informative work was compellingly told by a bright, new voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book places you right in the action of an astounding Civil War raid on Newburgh, Indiana. I read the entire book in one sitting gaining a genuine sense of the era and an appreciation for the people involved on both sides of this conflict.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly interesting piece of history. It was made all the more entertaining as the author narrated the entire book in my mind's eye. I consumed the book in a matter of a few days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Thunder from a Clear Sky' is a well written non-fiction book that tells of the Newburg Raid, precursors to the Raid, and the reactions of people afterward. Author, Ray Mulesky, beautifully retells these series of events in an unbiased, story-telling manner that is rich in detail and environmental imagery. Thunder from a Clear Sky is a well researched book that is easily read and interesting from the beginning. Read and discover for yourself how Adam 'Stovepipe' Johnson received his nickname, and how he motivated countless people to join both Union and Confederate causes. I suggest this never before written story of the Newburg raid to anyone.