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The Lightning Mule Brigade: Abel Streight's 1863 Raid Into Alabama Paperback – April, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group; 1 edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578600251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578600250
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,876,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert L. Willett has an MBA from Western Michigan University and a 40 year career in commercial banking. He has held bank presidencies in Michigan, Florida and Saipan. Retired since 1993 he still does international bank consulting in such diverse locations as Cluj, Romania;Kampala, Uganda; Yuzhno-Sakhalin, Russia and Baghdad. An avid student of history he has had four books published: "One Day of the Civil War," "The Lightning Mule Brigade," "Russian Sideshow" and "An Airline at War." This is the second printing of "The Lightning Mule Brigade." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Onnie Duvall on July 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
At the same time that Benjamin Grierson was making his remarkable raid through Mississippi and on to Baton Rouge, another raid took place in the opposite direction. Poorly equiped and badly scouted, Colonel Abel Sleight's raid across northern Alabama could have been successful with better scouting and being better equipt.
Robert Willett has written an interesting story based on eyewitness accounts and regimental histories. This work, which is well cited, is the only in depth work on this raid. Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of this work is that it will not gain the attention it deserves since it was not published by an academic press or written by an academic scholar. So much the loss.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Strange-Trip on October 29, 2002
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Okay, first of all let me start by stating that I was born and for the most part raised in Gadsden, Alabama. Abel Streight & Nathan Bedford Forrest practically stomped through my back yard while riding toward Rome, GA. What's odd about this is that most people from that area are only aware of Emma Sansom and her role. She was the brave 16-year-old girl who kept Forrest and his Calvary on the heels of Streight and his Mule Brigade. Most of us grew up seeing that statue of Emma Sansom right on the edge of the Coosa River Bridge at the end of Broad Street. This mislead me for years to believe it was the Coosa she helped Forrest cross - it was actually Black Creek that she helped him cross. As a teenager, I would go hunting and see "John Wisdom Trail" signs on old rural roads. For some reason... I never thought to ask, "Who is John Wisdom?" Of course all this was before the Internet. Now I know that John Wisdom is the "Paul Revere of the South" and rode farther, faster and longer than Paul Revere actually did. These are just a few of the interesting elements of Streight's Raid. A Google search sparked my curiosity and led me to this book. This is the only comprehensive work on Streight's Raid. Simply put, this story sells itself. Streight was a righteous and decent man who believed in his cause. Forrest was noble and brilliant... who also believed in his cause. I have read far too few books on the Civil War to offer a serious book review, but I will give you a few thoughts.
I feel as though it was a fair representation of both Union and Confederate point of views. The acute attention to detail and first hand accounts were beneficial to the storyline. I am not an avid reader of military battles, so this next comment should be taken with a grain of salt.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Benefield on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a great history student on Nathan Bedford Forrest myself. When I heard about this book, "The Lightning Mule Brigade" I immediately had to have it because I knew that NBF was involved in deterring Streight's Raid into Alabama. Bob Willett has done an outstanding job at pulling all the reference resources together into a great book about the raid. It has a lots of factual accounts that make for excellent reading about Forrest and Streight alike.
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More About the Author

Even though I am a retired banker, with that stodgy image, I love travel, meeting people and researching the little-known aspect of our military history. The books tell that story-
"One Day of the Civil War" - deliberately finding a day in which "nothing happened." Nothing except skirmishes, executions, raids, battles, parades, speeches and on and on.
"The Lightning Mule Brigade" - A Union brigade of four infantry regiments led by a Union Colonel, an Indiana publisher turned strategist, captured by the legendary Nathan Bedford Forrest's indefatigable cavalry regiments. Unbelievable!
"The Russian Sideshow" - America and its Allies invade Russia in North Russia and in Siberia in 1918. Hundreds of Americans die in the fierce winter combat and the Allies slink out of Russia with their dead and wounded as Russia gloats.
"An Airline at War" - the story of China National Aviation Corporation owned 55% by Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese government and 45% by Pan Am. They pioneered the famous Hump route that literally kept China in WWII, keeping one million Japanese soldiers tied up in mainland China instead of manning the defenses of the Pacific islands.

Those four efforts have led to extensive travel in doing the research, visiting every theater of the Civil War; following the exact route of Streight in his abortive Alabama raid; cruising into the ports of Archangel and Murmansk, then spending a month in Vladivostok in Far East Russia. Finally, trips to China to see Shanghai, Nanking, Chungking, Kunming, Dali and the wreckage of a WWII CNAC C-53. And in addition I was fortunate to have done 20 volunteer bank consulting assignments in 11 countries including, Romania, Moldovia, Poland, Uganda, Russia, Jordan, Iraq, Shanghai, and Vietnam. It has kept me busy since retiring in 1993!

It was all possible because of a wonderful wife, Donna, who loves to travel and research as well as being a proof reader and editor without par. And three great kids who live near us in Merritt Island, Florida (although one has the wanderlust, too)