Title: California Sabers: The 2nd Massachusetts ...
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Printing
341pp illus/maps. The story of the California Battalion and Hundred, a group of 500 select men who were the only organized group of Californians to fight in the East during the Civil War. They volunteered their enlistment bounty to pay their passage across Panama and on toMassachusetts, where they became the cadre of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry. From mid-1863 to July 1864, the Second Massachusetts fought a bloody guerilla war in northern Virginia against John S. Mosby. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 011082
Synopsis: "California Sabers" is the story of the California Hundred and Battalion, a group of five hundred select Californians who were the only organised group of Californians to fight in the East during the Civil War. Volunteering their enlistment bounty to pay their passage across Panama then on to Massachusetts, they became the cadre of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry. From mid 1863 to July 1864, the Second Massachusetts, led by Charles Russell Lowell of Boston, fought a bloody guerilla war with John S. Mosby, the confederacy's "Gray Ghost," in Northern Virginia. In July 1864, the regiment became part of Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah and in the fall of 1864 they played a major role in the decisive Battles of Winchester, Toms Run and Cedar Creek.In early 1865, the regiment was in the column that marched across Virginia destroying the vital railroad and canal that carried supplies from the Shenandoah Valley to the besieged Army of Northern Virginia. In late March 1865, the Second Massachusetts was in the forefront of the battles at Dinwiddie Courthouse and Five Forks, the two actions that finally broke the stalemate at Petersburg and forced Lee to retreat to the west.In the ensuing chase the regiment was the part of the cavalry spearhead that finally blocked Lee's army at Appomattox Courthouse. This work, based on extensive research, includes several unpublished letters and diaries from archives in California and Massachusetts. This is the first comprehensive history of this relatively unknown group and will be of great interest to Civil War enthusiasts and historians.
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