Stoneman’s Raid, 1865, a new book by Chris J. Hartley is being published by John F. Blair. The author will be at a launch for the book this Thursday. Here are the details:

Thursday, September 23 at 5 p.m.

Book Launch

Old Salem

Lecture from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the Single Brothers Workshop

10 Academy Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Reception following at T. Bagge Shop’s Garden Courtyard

626 South Main Street

Winston-Salem, NC

And here’s a blurb about this historic account:

In the spring of 1865, Federal major general George Stoneman launched a cavalry raid deep into the heart of the Confederacy. Over the next two months, Stoneman’s cavalry rode across six Southern states, fighting fierce skirmishes and destroying supplies and facilities. When the raid finally ended, Stoneman’s troopers had brought the Civil War home to dozens of communities that had not seen it up close before. In the process, the cavalrymen pulled off one of the longest cavalry raids in U.S. military history.

Despite its geographic scope, Stoneman’s 1865 raid failed in its primary goal of helping to end the war. Instead, the destruction the raiders left behind slowed postwar recovery in the areas it touched. In their wake, the raiders left a legacy that resonates to this day, even in modern popular music such as The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

Based on exhaustive research in 34 repositories in 12 states and from more than 200 books and newspapers, Hartley’s book tells the complete story of Stoneman’s 1865 raid for the first time.

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