The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi

Book The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi

Author / Director
Timothy B. Smith
Publish / Release Date
Oct 1, 2018
Narrative Form
  1. Non-Fiction
Publisher / Studio
Awards & Achievements
Winner, 2018, Operational / Battle History, Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award
Winner, 2018, Fletcher Pratt Literary Award, Civil War Round Table of New York
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The Real Horse Soldiers:
Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi

by Timothy B. Smith

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ISBN-10
1611214289
ISBN-13
978-1611214284
Book Citation

Smith, Timothy B. The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi. CA: Savas Beatie Publishing, 2018.

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Latest reviews

This book tells the “real” history on Grierson’s raid. I always considered this raid as a minor diversion by just 2 Union cavalry regiments. What good could that produce. Smith shows how the Grant’s forces 7 individual probes into Northern Mississippi and Vicksburg with a week so he could secretly place his main forces across the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg.
Grierson’s raid was carried out with good planning, its own diversion and some lucky breaks. He created so much confusion that the Confederate response was moving the wrong direction and the wrong time.
The book is full of maps that show the paths his brigade followed and every site they camped. It includes many eye witness accounts and observations from Grierson’s own journal.
Highly recommend it.
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