- Publisher: Butternut & Blue; Reprint edition (September 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0935523103
- ISBN-13: 978-0935523102
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,595,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Four Years in the Saddle Reprint Edition
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Starting the war as one of Ashby's cavalrymen, Gilmor then moved to Robertson's command. He operated nearly as a partisan, generally on very detached duty, though with specific orders, sometimes coming from personal interviews with Stonewall Jackson. He gives a pretty good account of the Battle of Cedar Mountain. In the fall of '62 he was captured but was fortunate enough to be exchanged. He claims to have been a witness to Pelham's death in the spring of '63 (although I think I've seen another account which disputes the centrality of his role) and, in an act of macabre Victorian sentimentality, took a piece of skull as a memento.
Interesting to scholars of the Confederate cavalry will be the fact that Gilmor reports raiding in the streets of Gettysburg before the battle (so much for "Lee had no cavalry"). He was involved in the rearguard action at Williamsport. Sometimes his partisan nature got the better of him, and he was court martialled in early '64 for actions involving a train robbery, though he was acquitted. He gives a good account of Early's raid on Washington and the burning of Chambersburg, as well as the destruction of the Valley.
This is an exciting account of a hands-on participant who was wounded several times and literally crossed swords with Federals on many occasions. One can read between the lines and judge for oneself how much good this kind of detached quasi-partisan activity really did, but Gilmor's personal dedication is beyond reproach.