- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press; Reprint edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826512534
- ISBN-13: 978-0826512536
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is yet another volume covering one of the more obscure dimensions of the Civil War. Ferguson was involved in skirmishes in Tennessee and Kentucky that Sensing claims were essentially vendettas having little to do with the issues of the war. This 1942 title makes an interesting addition to large Civil War collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Although Ferguson survived the Civil War unscathed and offered to surrender to Federal authorities, Ferguson's crimes had assumed so awful a stature that the Military Division of Tennessee brushed aside his offer, arrested him, tried him, and hung him on October 20, 1865. But the trial of Ferguson is important for Sensing in another way, for the trial becomes a lens through which we peer at the bitter, remorseless nature of guerilla warfare.
--Civil War Book Exchange
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But whatever the case, when the time came to hang the tall man, even some Yankees seemed to feel that Ferguson was being hanged for actions that were being 'overlooked' in other theaters of war, especially in northern Virginia where several partisan groups had been VERY active. Commanders such as John S. Mosby and Hanse McNeill had participated in the hanging of Yankee soldiers involved in the destruction of civilian homes in the Shenandoah and elsewhere. While McNeill died during the war, his son (who took over the command) as well as Mosby were not prosecuted afterwards although in Mosby's case, there was some evidence of a desire to have him tried after Ferguson's execution.
The author gives a fairly balanced view of Ferguson's life. Unlike Mosby and other more educated commanders and/or the men who served under them, Ferguson left very little personal record of his thoughts and motives which means that those studying the man can only go by his actions and the evaluation of his contemporaries on both sides.
Champ Ferguson, like Quantrill, the James boys and other 'bloodthirsty guerillas' of the era, is a worthy study for anyone who wishes to understand the tenor of the times in that fratricidal era.