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The Battle of Wild Cat Mountain Hardcover – 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: KH Press; First Edition edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964855038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964855038
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,844,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CTS 2631 on March 14, 2010
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To start this review off I have to say that Kenneth A. Hafendorfer has put together one of the best examples of traditional military history I have ever read. "The Battle of Wild Cat Mountain" is thoroughly researched, well written, full of excellent maps, and the author digs through the source material and is not afraid to put forth his own verdict based on the evidence. This is old school, microtactical campaign/battle history.

This small action that took place in Southeast Kentucky along the old Wilderness Road on October 21, 1861 is virtually unknown to even most Civil War enthusiast. The reason it happened was the Confederate commander Brigadier General Felix K. Zollicoffer felt the best defense for the Cumberland Gap, pro-Union East Tennessee, and the vital East Tennessee and Virginia Rail Road was an offensive against the scattered, outnumbered Union forces in Southeastern Kentucky (one infantry regiment and a Kentucky Home Gaurds militia unit at Camp Wild Cat where the combat would occur, and one infantry regiment, a cavalry company, and some more Home Gaurds at Monticello, Kentucky). So he moved against them before they could be reinforced by Union forces gathering at Camp Dick Robinson under the command of Union Brigadier General George H. Thomas. Zollicoffer intended to destroy the regiment at Camp Wild Cat then wheel to the southwest and disperse the enemy at Monticello before returning to the Confederate Camp Buckner northwest of Cumberland Gap. Before he could strike Camp Wild Cat though with his brigade sized force, the lone Union infantry regiment had been reinforced and continued to be during the fight itself. Thomas had dispatched foriegn born Brigadier General Albin F. Schoepf to command at Wild Cat and he arrived the night before the Confederates attacked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2011
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What the heck? Wildcat Mountain? Who cares? Well, Dr. Hafendorfer cares, and by the time you get through, you will care too. Smaller engagements like this were critical in shaping the war in Kentucky in 1861 (See his Mill Springs book as a model of what a battle book should be). An excellent book by an excellent historian and even finer gentleman.
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