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Horses, Hostages and Apple Cider, JEB Stuart's 1862 Pennsylvania Raid Civil War Book by John Thompson, IV
This is a nice and rare find for the collector of limited edition Civil War books - this is John W. Thompson's book entitled Horses, Hostages, and Apple Cider, J.E.B Stuart's 1862 Pennsylvania Raid, number 224 of only 500 copies published in 2002 for the 140th anniversary of the raid, signed by the author and a stated first edition. It is a hardcover volume with 112 pages in very good, clean condition, with clean, tight pages and minor cover wear. The original price tag is on the back and the sticker stating it is an autographed copy is on the front. It details JEB Stuart's raid into Pennsylvania from October 10 -12 in 1862, with particular focus on civilian accounts of the 3 days Stuart spent in Pennsylvania prior to returning across the Potomac at White's Ford. Fabulous photos are shown throughout, including ones of Mercersburg and Chambersburg, and maps are included as well - this is an incredible read and a piece of history that although technically well known, has never been detailed from this perspective. Below is more information on the famous raid:
Lee issued orders to Major General J. E. B. Stuart to go into Maryland and Pennsylvania to disrupt the Cumberland Valley Railroad at Chambersburg and destroy the railroad bridge near there as a part of the effort to isolate the Federal army by cutting off as many of its supply routes as possible. Following the Battle of Antietam, that railroad had become an important supply line for McClellan’s army. With its terminus at nearby Hagerstown, Maryland, it was the nearest functional rail line to McClellan. Stuart’s 1,800 man raiding force passed through Maryland and entered Pennsylvania on the morning of October 9 and began taking prisoners and pillaging homes and businesses, sometimes “paying” with Confederate scrip, often just taking goods and horses. Entering Chambersburg that evening, the raiders accepted the surrender of the town. For the next day, the Confederates destroyed the railroad and affiliated buildings such as machine shops and the roundhouse. Warehouses were also torched after the Confederates took whatever they wanted from them. With Union forces closing in on them, the Confederates took a roundabout route and after some clashes crossed the Potomac back to Virginia. Stuart’s Chambersburg Raid had been a morale booster for the South and a national disgrace for the Lincoln government. Stuart’s task force had traveled more than 130 miles in three days. During that time, they had captured livestock and hostages and destroyed parts of the Cumberland Valley Railroad. However, the raid was something of a Pyrrhic victory for the Confederates. Much good horse flesh was worn out on the raid. Conversely, many of the horses that Stuart took from the Pennsylvania farms were large draft animals unsuited for cavalry use. The raid did constitute a blow to northern moral and was an embarrassment to the Union high command. It would be one of the final straws contributing to Lincoln’s dismissal of General George B. McClellan a few weeks later.
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