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Yankee Blitzkrieg: Wilson's Raid through Alabama and Georgia Paperback – July 7, 2014
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"Comprehensive and filled with military details calculated to delight the ever faithful Civil War fans. . . . A splendid account of Wilson and his raid."―Alabama Review
"Jones handles the narrative details of the campaign in good fashion. He sets the context of events, with full appreciation of the command question involved, and includes the reactions of individual officers and enlisted men. . . . Excellent."―American Historical Review
"Provides readers with an excellent account of action rarely examined."―Civil War Courier
"One of the best studies ever on the often-neglected central region of the Confederacy."―Florida Historical Quarterly
"Jones has done a superb job in reconstructing Wilson's expedition. . . . The definitive study of one of the Civil War's most important campaigns."―Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Tells well the story of the largest Union cavalry operation during the Civil War."―Journal of the West
"Wilson's career, and his raid, are well worth studying, not only for their impact on the Civil War, but for the innovative tactics that characterized them."―NYMAS Newsletter
"Does a great job of detailing battles and problems faced by both sides."―Paper Wars
"A vividly reconstructed account tracing Wilson's lightning run south . . . places the campaign within the larger context of the last days of the Civil War. . . . Superb reading."―Wisconsin Bookwatch
About the Author
James Pickett Jones is professor of history at Florida State University.
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James Pickett Jones' "Yankee Blitzkrieg" is the only work in book form to treat Wilson's Raid in detail. It is primarily an operational history, focusing on the movements of brigades and divisions during the conduct of the great raid. There are enough recollections of lower-grade Union officers and enlisted men to give the feel of the action, from accounts of destroying factories to daring cavalry assaults on Confederate positions. "Yankee Blitzkrieg" is a well-written history of the Civil War's largest cavalry operation but it does suffer from a lack of detailed maps. Despite this drawback it remains a worthy addition to any Civil War buff's bookshelf, and is a highly informative account of Wilson's Raid.
A minor complaint: there isn't an order of battle for either side. I had to find a Union OB in Arnold's "Armies of US Grant". Also, in the Kindle edition, the maps are small and I have not figured out how to blow them up.
Moving 14,000 men over 500 miles in just a month is a remarkably uncommon feat. So is fighting 4 major battles along the way. But General Wilson's forgotten campaign not only defeated and captured Nathan Bedford Forrest but also captured Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens as well.
This book is the study of a massive Union cavalry operation that was executed with impunity, one that destroyed what little was left of the Confederacy. It is also the campaign that captured the Confederate government!
James Pickett Jones details this event exceptionally well. You will not be disappointed.