Silent Cavalry: How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta--and Then Got Written Out of History

Author:   Howell Raines
Publisher:   Random House USA Inc
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9780593137758


Pages:   576
Publication Date:   05 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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Silent Cavalry: How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta--and Then Got Written Out of History


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"We all know how the Civil War was won- by courageous Yankees who triumphed over the South. But as veteran journalist Howell Raines shows, it was not only soldiers from Northern states who helped General William Tecumseh Sherman burn Atlanta to the ground, but also an unsung regiment of 2,066 Alabamian yeoman farmers-including at least one member of Raines's own family. Called the First Alabama Cavalry, USA, these ""Mountain Unionists"" were the point of the spear that Sherman drove through the heart of the Confederacy. The famed general hailed their skills and courage. So why don't we know anything about them? Silent Cavalry is one part epic American history, one part family saga, and one part scholarly detective story. Drawing on the lore of his native Alabama, and investigative skills honed by six decades in journalism, Raines brings to light a conspiracy that sought to undermine the accomplishments of these renegade Southerners-part of the ""Lost Cause"" effort to restore glory to white Southerners after the war, no matter the facts. Raines exposes this tangled web, implicating everyone from a former Confederate general, a gaggle of Lost Cause historians in the Ivy League, and a sanctimonious former keeper of the Alabama State Archives. By reversing the erasure of the First Alabama, Silent Cavalry is a testament to the immense power of historians to destroy, as well as to redeem. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reveals the little-known story of the Union soldiers from Alabama who played a decisive role in the Civil War, and how they were scrubbed from the history books. ""It is my sincere hope that this compelling and submerged history is integrated into our understanding of our nation, and allows us to embrace new heroes of the past.""-Imani Perry, professor, Harvard University, and National Book Award-winning author of South to America We all know how the Civil War was won- Courageous Yankees triumphed over the South. But is there more to the story? As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Howell Raines shows, it was not only soldiers from northern states who helped General William Tecumseh Sherman burn Atlanta to the ground but also an unsung regiment of 2,066 Alabamian yeoman farmers-including at least one member of Raines's own family. Called the First Alabama Cavalry, U.S.A., this regiment of mountain Unionists, which included sixteen formerly enslaved Black men, was the point of the spear that Sherman drove through the heart of the Confederacy. The famed general hailed their skills and courage. So why don't we know anything about them? Silent Cavalry is part epic American history, part family saga, and part scholarly detective story. Drawing on the lore of his native Alabama and investigative skills honed by six decades in journalism, Raines brings to light a conspiracy that sought to undermine the accomplishments of these renegade southerners-a key component of the Lost Cause effort to restore glory to white southerners after the war, even at the cost of the truth. In this important new contribution to our understanding of the Civil War and its legacy, Raines tells the thrilling tale of the formation of the First Alabama while exposing the tangled web of how its wartime accomplishments were silenced, implicating everyone from a former Confederate general to a gaggle of Lost Cause historians in the Ivy League and a sanctimonious former keeper of the Alabama state archives. By reversing the erasure of the First Alabama, Silent Cavalry is a testament to the immense power of historians to destroy as well as to redeem."

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Author:   Howell Raines
Publisher:   Random House USA Inc
Imprint:   Crown Publishing Group, Division of Random House Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 3.60cm , Length: 23.90cm
Weight:   0.839kg
ISBN:  

9780593137758


ISBN 10:   0593137752
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   05 December 2023
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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“Howell Raines is a legendary writer, editor, and social critic. With Silent Cavalry he has yet again revealed that the history of the U.S. South is one of far greater complexity and depth than what is commonly ascribed to it, from both outside and inside the region. It is my sincere hope that this compelling and submerged history is integrated into our understanding of our nation, and allows us to embrace new heroes of the past.”—Imani Perry, professor, Harvard University, and National Book Award–winning author of South to America “Following breadcrumbs from family lore, Howell Raines has uncovered the remarkable story of white men from Alabama’s hill country who fought for the Union and, equally important, the century-long effort by Confederate sympathizers to erase them from history. . . . An invaluable addition to revisionist—as in, actual—history.”—Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and co-author of The Southernization of America “Silent Cavalry marks another chapter in Raines’s storied career of giving voice to the voiceless, highlighting the men and women who, without proper credit, did their part to make America a better, more equitable place.”—Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University “Remarkable . . . A massive story told in an intimate, personal way.”—John Archibald, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Shaking the Gates of Hell “Silent Cavalry is a rescue mission. Shedding new light on the dramatic hidden battlegrounds of the Lost Cause, Howell Raines has restored forgotten north Alabama contrarians to where they always deserved to be, where they always were—on the right side of history.”—Kyle Whitmire, Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, Alabama Media Group


“Silent Cavalry marks another chapter in Raines’s storied career of giving voice to the voiceless by highlighting the men and women who, without proper credit, did their part to make America a better, more equitable place. He draws on his personal and family history, along with typically prodigious research, to show not only the importance of these oft-ignored Alabama Unionists but also to excoriate the scholars and writers who buried this history to propagate the infamous Lost Cause interpretation of the Civil War.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University


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Howell Raines is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former executive editor of The New York Times. He is the author of four previous books- Whiskey Man, The One That Got Away, Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, and My Soul Is Rested. Based in Pennsylvania, he was born and began his career in Alabama.

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