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GRIERSON’S RAID by Tom Lalicki


A Daring Cavalry Strike Through the Heart of the Confederacy

by Tom Lalicki

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: April 8th, 2004
ISBN: 0-374-32787-4
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

During the Civil War, Vicksburg, Mississippi, was better defended than any other Southern city, but it had to be captured to achieve Lincoln’s goal of splitting the Confederacy by controlling the Mississippi River. Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson was chosen to lead a cavalry raid through central Mississippi with 1,700 soldiers, destroying railroad tracks, burning bridges, ripping out telegraph lines, and diverting attention from Vicksburg before the impending siege. Told as a day-by-day chronicle of Grierson’s 16-day raid, Lalicki’s narrative is enlivened by soldiers’ first-person accounts, period photographs, excellent maps, and prints from Harper’s Weekly. The volume includes a bibliography of sources the author used but no source notes and no guide to the many Civil War resources for young readers. The author effectively places the raid into the larger context of the war, and young readers will learn much about the Civil War in general in this excellent account of one campaign. (chains of command, organization of cavalry, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)