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Spartan Band: Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War (War and the Southwest) Hardcover – February 17, 2005

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"The 13th comes to life through Thomas Reid's exhaustive research and entertaining writing style. This book should serve as a model for Civil War regimental histories." - Terry L. Jones, author of Lee's Tigers"

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Thomas Reid teaches history at Lamar University, where he received his Master of Arts degree. Formerly an employee of the Department of the Army, he served six years on active duty and sixteen in the Army Reserve. He lives in Woodville, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: War and the Southwest (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press; First Edition edition (February 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574411896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574411898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Spartan Band: Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry In The Civil War by Thomas Reid (History Instructor at Lamar University) is the definitive study of the 13th Texas Cavalry Regiment as it operated during the American Civil War. The result of Reid's meticulous research (letters, diaries, oral histories gleaned from more than one hundred descendants of the soldiers) and positive flair for reader-engaging writing, showcases a Confederate unit drawn from eleven counties in East Texas when it was organized in the spring of 1862 by two Texas Senators -- John H. Burnett and Anderson F. Crawford. Although a calvary unit, the 13th was ordered to dismount after crossing the Red River into Arkansas and fought as infantry until the end of the war, seeing action at Lake Providence, Fort De Russy, Manfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry. Disbanded in Hempstead, Texas, in May 1865, the unit was held in high regard and service it in paved the way for several of its troops to secure favor in business and political office. No dedicated Civil War Studies collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of Thomas Reid's Spartan Band!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond D. Menard on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Spartan Band is a remarkable reconstructed history 13th Texas Cavalry from meticulous review of hundreds of letters, pay records, orders and other archives. Mr. Reid's is a talented writer, who engages readers through the book; history doesn't have to be boring. This book should be on the shelf of anyone who's interested in Texas' involvement in the Civil War. It's also a superb example of how to organize an engaging history from historic records. Highly recommended.
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"Spartan Band: Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War" by Thomas Reid (University of North Texas Press, 2005, 240 pages) is a great read about a fine cavalry regiment from Texas that fought for Texas and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Mr. Reid gathered many sources to write the history of the regiment and many of the details and history of the regiment came from the descendants of the cavalry soldiers that fought in the regiment during the Civil War. The 13th Texas Cavalry Regiment was drawn from eleven counties in East Texas. It was organized in the spring of 1862, but was ordered to dismount once they traveled to Arkansas (quite a common occurrence for many regiments). The regiment then unofficially became a dismounted cavalry regiment. It took a bit but the 13th Regiment eventually became a tough, well-trained regiment that fought gallantly at Lake Providence, Fort De Russy, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry.
In the beginning of the war when the regiment was recruiting men to join the Confederate Cavalry, the author noted that some of the soldiers who joined were sympathetic to the Union and deserted quickly to go back home or join Union Regiments. However, this was not a common occurrence. The regiment unfortunately like so many other regiments endured diseases that swept through the regiment because of poor sanitation, poor winter clothing, and other infirmities. This regiment fought in the western theater of the war and during the course of the war, it had seven commanding officers. The first commanding officer was John H. Burnett who was a veteran of the Mexican War and settled in Texas from Georgia. He was elected to the Texas Senate in August of 1861 and as senator introduced bills that integrated Texas fully into the Confederate War effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Watkins on December 24, 2014
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I found this book very interesting and actually found my Great Grandfater listed in the Company B roster. The 13'th Texas Calvary (dismounted) never lost a battle with the Union Army but disease nearly killed half of the original that enlisted.
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