The Civil War Reminiscences Of General Basil W. Duke, C.S.A.

donna

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Basil Wilson Duke (1838-1916), was a general in the Confederate cavalry and brother-in-law of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan. This recollection which was put together in 1911, comprises a series of forceful, amusing and griping autobiographical recollections of Duke's experiences during the Civil War.

In this book, General Duke recalls his time in Missouri and his role with the Missouri Minute Men, his time in the Second Kentucky Cavalry with Morgan, the year spent as a prisoner of war after being captured during Morgan's great Ohio raid of 1863, his complicated and multifaceted relationship as second in command to Morgan, his adventures leading Morgan's legendary raiders and their daring exploits, his escorting Confederate President Jefferson Davis from Richmond to Georgia at the war's end. He also has great stories of fellow commanders, including Braxton Bragg, Albert Sidney Johnson and Nathan Bedford Forrest. He further has stories of the men who were members of Morgan's raiders.

General Duke's Reminiscences offers an outstanding view of the Western theater and the view of one Southerner's unwavering devotion to the Confederacy.
 

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I've got an original copy of Duke's book, passed down to me by my father. It is indeed a great book and a great resource in my research into the experiences of my gg grandfather who served under Duke in the 2nd Ky Cav.
 

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That is great you have the book. My husband has three ancestors who served under John Hunt Morgan. One, Alex Tribble was killed at Green River Bridge.

General Duke is one of my favorites.
 

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That is great you have the book. My husband has three ancestors who served under John Hunt Morgan. One, Alex Tribble was killed at Green River Bridge.

General Duke is one of my favorites.
You are fortunate that Alex Tribble had already started a family. Were any of them in the 2nd Ky?
And yes, Duke was a pretty solid guy. Don't know that I've ever heard anything negative about him...from either side.
 


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