Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The St. Albans Raiders by Daniel S. Rush and E. Gale Pewitt
I really like this compact but complete telling of the story of the St. Albans raid for a couple of reasons. First, Rush and Pewitt do a great but brief retelling of the Raid events. You get the complete story here.
BUT, you also get a lot of other information on the Raid, mostly concerning what happened to each of the Raiders afterwards. I really like the fact that the authors include burial information!
The Raid involved former Confederates associated with John Hunt Morgan. Many of those Confederates were from Kentucky, specifically the Lexington area. These raiders got together in Canada, and decided to rob some banks in the north, hoping to pull Union military resources away from the South.
In addition to giving the well known story of what happened, this volume includes well researched facts on what happened to the money stolen, including conflicting information on the exact amount.
The authors discuss the conflict about how this event is looked at by history- was it a raid by a bunch of outlaws, or was it a legitimate battle involving two opposing groups in the Civil War?
The book is full of great photos, including pretty much a photo of each participant in the raid. There is a nice photo of some of those involved in front of Niagara Falls. My favorite picture in the book is of raid leader Bennett Young speaking in 1917 at the dedication of a Confederate Memorial. Woodrow Wilson is seated close by.