Lee's Body Guards: The 39th Battalion Virginia Cavalry

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They considered themselves “Lee’s Body Guard,” cavalrymen specifically recruited to serve as scouts, couriers and guides for General Robert E. Lee. Though their battle experiences might pale compared to those of soldiers under J.E.B. Stuart and Wade Hampton, the men of the 39th Virginia served crucial roles in the Confederate army. From the fields of Second Manassas to Appomattox Court House, they were privy to the inner workings of the Confederate high command. They were also firsthand witnesses to the army’s victories and triumphs and to its tragedies and trials, from losing Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville to losing the opportunity to win the war at Gettysburg. Award-winning author Michael C. Hardy chronicles the experiences of this unique group of Confederate cavalrymen.
ISBN: 9781467141505
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 33
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Michael Hardy has authored twenty-two books, and his articles have appeared in Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, North and South, Gettysburg Magazine, the Tar Heel Junior Historians and Confederate Veteran. Since 2014, he has reviewed books for Blue and Gray magazine. Since 2011, he has been a volunteer-in-parks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hardy was awarded the 2010 Historian of the Year award by the North Carolina Society of Historians. You can learn more through his blog, Looking for North Carolina’s Civil War, or at his web page, www.michaelchardy.com.
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