Arkansas Late in the Civil War: The 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, April 1864-July 1865

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At the request of Union general Ulysses S. Grant, in 1864 Major General Frederick Steele stripped the Department of Arkansas of twelve thousand men--half its strength--to support an expedition in Louisiana. And while the depleted infantry remained largely in garrison, the 8th Missouri Cavalry and its counterparts were ordered to patrol central Arkansas under horrid conditions and protect the state from guerrilla Rebels. The regiment spent nine long months battling against Confederate general Jo Shelby's efforts to raid the White River Valley behind Union lines while simultaneously battling to secure Arkansas' borders. Join author David Casto as he explores the 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry's perilous excursion into enemy territory.
ISBN: 9781626191075
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Arkansas
Series: Civil War
Images: 43
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
David Casto is a mechanic and amateur historian living in Maumelle, Arkansas. He is a member and Secretary/Treasurer of the General James McPherson Camp, Sons of Union Veterans in Little Rock. He earned the Charles O. Durnett Award for preliminary chapters of Arkansas Late in the Civil War in 2012.
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