Often referred to as "the wars within the war", guerrilla combat touched states from Virginia to New Mexico. Guerrillas fought for the Union, the Confederacy, their ethnic groups, their tribes, and their families. They were deadly forces that plundered, tortured, and terrorized those in their path, and their impact is not yet fully understood.
In this richly diverse volume, Joseph M. Beilein Jr., and Matthew C. Hulbert assemble a team of both rising and eminent scholars to examine guerrilla warfare in the South during the Civil War. Together, they discuss irregular combat as practiced by various communities in multiple contexts, including how it was used by Native Americans, the factors that motivated raiders in the border states, and the women who participated as messengers, informants, collaborators, and combatants. They also explore how the Civil War guerrilla has been mythologized in history, literature, and folklore.
The Civil War Guerrilla sheds new light on the ways in which thousands of men, women, and children experienced and remembered the Civil War as a conflict of irregular wills and tactics. This timely audiobook provides listeners with a comprehensive examination of the guerrilla soldier and his role in the deadliest war in U.S. history.
The book is published by The University Press of Kentucky.
"A terrifically useful and important book." (Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University)
"The scholarship presented in this volume is fresh, well-researched and provocatively presented.... a must-read for academics, students, and Civil War enthusiasts." (Brian Craig Miller, author of Empty Sleeve: Amputation in the Civil War South)
"This is a vitally important book for all historians of the Civil War era." (Lesley J. Gordon, author of A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut's Civil War)
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