Friday, September 7, 2007

The Union Cavalry in the Civil War, Volume III: The War in the West, 1861–1865

by Stephen Z. Starr

From the publisher:
With this volume Stephen Z. Starr brings to a triumphant conclusion his prize-winning trilogy on the history of the Union cavalry.

The War in the West provides accounts of the cavalry's role in the Vicksburg campaign, the conquest of central Tennessee, Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea, and the campaign of the Carolinas. Starr never neglects the numerous difficulties the cavalry faced: equipment shortages; inadequate weapons; unsuitable organization; and inept use of the cavalry by many members of the Union high command. And he never ignores the cavalry's own contributions to its failures. He convincingly demonstrates that in the end, in the battle of Nashville and in the Selma Campaign, the Union cavalry proved enormously effective. With this final volume Starr's objective remains "the portrayal of the life and campaigns of the Union cavalry as they were experienced and fought by its troopers and officers."

"Volume three superbly completes a splendid historical work that surely will be a standard and permanent part of all respectable Civil War libraries." — Civil War Times Illustrated

"An analytical narrative and a reference work that will endure as the benchmark history of the Union calvary." — Civil War History

"An excellent, vigorously written, well-documented study of a relatively neglected Civil War subject." — Journal of the West

Jules and Frances Landry Award

Stephen Z. Starr died in early 1985, shortly after completing work on this third volume of his history of the Union cavalry. The other books in the trilogy are The Union Cavalry in the Civil War, Volume I: From Fort Sumter to Gettysburg, 1861–1863 , and The Union Cavalry in the Civil War, Volume II: The War in the East from Gettysburg to Appomattox, 1863–1865. He is also the author of Colonel Grenfell's Wars: The Life of a Soldier of Fortune and Jennison's Jayhawkers: A Civil War Cavalry Regiment and Its Commander.

From CWBN:
The exact day of release for this September title is unknown.