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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kuszma

    Az itthon jóformán ismeretlen amerikai polgárháború egyik totálisan ismeretlen epizódját énekli meg ez a kis kötet: Benjamin Grierson ezredes nagyszabású portyáját, aki Tennessee-ből nekilódulva egészen a Mexikói-öbölig (600 mérföld!) vezette lovasait azzal a céllal, hogy jól összezavarja a konföderáltak hátországát, és ezzel előkészítse a talajt a kulcsfontosságú vicksburg-i erődöt ostromló Grant tábornoknak. Így magyar szemmel elég marginális eseménysor*, ami ráadásul megkíván némi előképzetts Az itthon jóformán ismeretlen amerikai polgárháború egyik totálisan ismeretlen epizódját énekli meg ez a kis kötet: Benjamin Grierson ezredes nagyszabású portyáját, aki Tennessee-ből nekilódulva egészen a Mexikói-öbölig (600 mérföld!) vezette lovasait azzal a céllal, hogy jól összezavarja a konföderáltak hátországát, és ezzel előkészítse a talajt a kulcsfontosságú vicksburg-i erődöt ostromló Grant tábornoknak. Így magyar szemmel elég marginális eseménysor*, ami ráadásul megkíván némi előképzettséget a polgárháborúval kapcsolatban – no nem sokat, épp egy wikipédiányit. Ugyanakkor Dee Brown (ahogy azt már A Vadnyugat története indián szemmel esetében megtapasztalhattuk) igen könnyű tollú történész, aki képes bármit élvezetesen interpretálni. Külön bravúros, hogy egy szemre rendkívül feszített időtartamba (a könyv 16 fejezete a portya 16 napjának felel meg) képes belegyömöszölni számos érdekes adatot nem csupán magáról a polgárháborúról és annak ikonikus figuráiról, de a XIX. századi Egyesült Államokról, annak társadalmi sajátosságairól, valamint magáról a lovassági harcmodorról is. A világháborús munkákon szocializálódott laikus történelemkedvelő számára amúgy elég különös kis hadtörténeti munka ez. Ezek a fickók, ha foglyul ejtenek valakit, megesketik a Bibliára, hogy nem harcol ellenük, aztán szélnek eresztik – tisztára, mintha csak számháborúznának. Ehhez hozzájön, hogy az ezred első halottja a 115. oldalon lövődik le, ráadásul (ha mondjuk a sztálingrádi áldozatok szenvedéseihez viszonyítjuk) az ő halála is szinte kellemes ügynek tűnik. A vérben később se tocsogunk, úgyhogy egy idő után arra gyanakszik az ember, hogy színházi előadást lát. Viszont mindez a portya jellegéből fakad: az ilyen diverziós hadműveletek célja, hogy az ellenség háta mögött okozzanak minél több kárt, vasútvonalakat, távíródrótokat és hadi jellegű raktárakat pusztítva el – amennyiben csatározásra kényszerülnek (függetlenül annak végkimenetelétől), az már önmagában kudarcnak tekinthető. Dee Brown pedig az ebből fakadó sajátos taktikai követelményeket kiválóan érzékelteti. Az amerikai polgárháború átmeneti háború volt: egyfelől jellemezte a XVIII. század lovagiasság-eszménye és virtuskodása, másfelől pedig megelőlegezte a XX. század nagy tömegháborúit mind a haditechnika (a lövészárkok éppúgy itt bukkantak fel először, mint a tengeralattjárók), mind a logisztika, mind pedig a véráldozatok terén. Volt bőven piszkos oldala, például az az elképzelés, hogy a háború lerövidíthető azzal, ha az ellenség mögöttes területeit pusztasággá perzseljük. Ez a könyv speciel a barátságosabb oldalát mutatja be – szóval gyenge idegzetűek is bátran fogyaszthatják. (Kicsit rossz azonban a szám íze, mert a könyv egy olyan utószóval zárul, ami a marxista történésziskola legszebb hagyományait idézi meg. Az utószó szerzőjének neve nincs feltüntetve a kötetben, így könnyen jut arra a következtetésre az olvasó, hogy Dee Brown szavait szívja magába – ám nekem meggyőződésem, hogy ez nem így van. Amennyiben pedig igazam van, akkor a Kossuth kiadó felettébb sportszerűtlenül járt el.) * Persze amerikai szemmel meg Mohács marginális, úgyhogy csitt.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald Luther

    One of the first books I read after getting out of the service in 1971 was Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'. I was tremendously impressed by his research and his approach, and I never forgot that history, as Napoleon said, is told by the winners. This was a different story from that. Brown calls it an 'adventure', and he writes about Grierson's Raid in just that way. The obstacles overcome, the boredom and exhaustion of the ride that took these Union cavalry units hundreds of miles acr One of the first books I read after getting out of the service in 1971 was Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'. I was tremendously impressed by his research and his approach, and I never forgot that history, as Napoleon said, is told by the winners. This was a different story from that. Brown calls it an 'adventure', and he writes about Grierson's Raid in just that way. The obstacles overcome, the boredom and exhaustion of the ride that took these Union cavalry units hundreds of miles across Mississippi and into Louisiana, the pursuers, the battles and skirmishes, even the petty jealousies that coloured the relationships between the officers--all of these things are detailed, examined, interpreted, and turned into a fine study of history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    William Durkee

    I am pretty familiar with US Cavalry history. However, I hadn´t heard the details of this raid before. This is a detailed diary of one of the most able leaders of horse soldiers. The raid was initiated as a diversion from Vicksburg, and in that mission, was a complete success. The pursuit of the Illinois 6th and 7th Cavalry regiments drew pretty much ALL of the mounted seccessionists from the Mississippi, allowing Grant to launch an amphibious assault, gain a toehold, and divide the confederacy I am pretty familiar with US Cavalry history. However, I hadn´t heard the details of this raid before. This is a detailed diary of one of the most able leaders of horse soldiers. The raid was initiated as a diversion from Vicksburg, and in that mission, was a complete success. The pursuit of the Illinois 6th and 7th Cavalry regiments drew pretty much ALL of the mounted seccessionists from the Mississippi, allowing Grant to launch an amphibious assault, gain a toehold, and divide the confederacy into the Western Confederacy and the Eastern. This bold stroke was eclipsed Southern chances. Colonel Grierson ranks with the great names in American mobile warfare: Sherman, Sheridan, Patton, Abrams.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard R., Martin

    It should be 4.5 stars. The last chapter dragged because it was just letters home by the men following the raid. Otherwise this history book read like a novel. You got to know the major players on both sides and I was anxious to find out what happens next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Kalen

    Well written book about lesser known adventure in the Civil War.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    To place pressure on the Confederat stronghold of Vicksburg, Grierson conducted a massive raid on the raillines leading into Vicksburg. John Wayne's movie "Horse Soldiers" was based on this raid. To place pressure on the Confederat stronghold of Vicksburg, Grierson conducted a massive raid on the raillines leading into Vicksburg. John Wayne's movie "Horse Soldiers" was based on this raid.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Luongo

    Horse Soldiers Basis for the John Wayne movie, The Horse Soldiers. Such a daring exploit deserved to be immortalized in a film though some of the facts were embellished or disregarded. But that's Hollywood's approach to historical movies. Robertson's ride should be remembered for the mayhem it caused in Mississippi and allowing Grant movement to eventually seize Vicksburg. The cost in casualties was minimal for a raid so hotly pursued by the Confederates. Yes, movie fans, there is such a place ca Horse Soldiers Basis for the John Wayne movie, The Horse Soldiers. Such a daring exploit deserved to be immortalized in a film though some of the facts were embellished or disregarded. But that's Hollywood's approach to historical movies. Robertson's ride should be remembered for the mayhem it caused in Mississippi and allowing Grant movement to eventually seize Vicksburg. The cost in casualties was minimal for a raid so hotly pursued by the Confederates. Yes, movie fans, there is such a place called Newton Station where the "dirty Yankees" did their worst.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Francis X DuFour

    Well written account of Grierson’s cavalry raid through Mississippi in support of Grant’s Civil War campaign to capture Vicksburg. The ability of Grierson to avoid capture and the wreckage he did to hamper the Confederate military were amazing. Very well documented and exciting book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dalton M

    The book was very exciting to read and had a lot of description of setting and events going on inside the story. The story of General Grierson is very exciting and suspenseful. Good read if you love history and war stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jerry D.

    Must read for Civil War buffs I've read a great deal of Civil war history and am amazed I had never heard of this Union raid. Well written and thoroughly documented, I highly recommend this book. Must read for Civil War buffs I've read a great deal of Civil war history and am amazed I had never heard of this Union raid. Well written and thoroughly documented, I highly recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris Sherman

    Excellent book. I had always read brief details of Grierson's Raid but more in books about the complete Vicksburg campaign. I enjoyed this as it focused on all the preparations, context and details of the raid along with the personalities. Excellent book. I had always read brief details of Grierson's Raid but more in books about the complete Vicksburg campaign. I enjoyed this as it focused on all the preparations, context and details of the raid along with the personalities.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David L.

    Not Brown's best. He failed to capture the drama inherent in the achievement. Better than the movie, of course. Not Brown's best. He failed to capture the drama inherent in the achievement. Better than the movie, of course.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian Hand

    Very interesting story I knew little of this raid other than the movie the John Ford movie and as a on and off student of the civil war

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Excellent read, highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    maryellen belcher

    Good civil war story A good story, not one that you hear about. Very interesting; good for the civil war buff. I would recommend this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Randall L. Strunk

    An Aside to the Battle of Vicksburg A wonderful telling of a Union army raiding party in Mississippi and Louisiana that helped prepare for the battle of Vicksburg.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    3.5 Stars actually. It is rather slow-going in places, but does give a clear picture of the raid from LaGrange, Tennessee to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in April of 1863. Colonel Grierson and his three regiments, the 6th and 7th Illinois as well as the 2nd Iowa acted as a diversion for Grant's campaign against Vicksburg. Their efforts were highly successful at gathering horses, destroying rail lines and confusing the enemy. In fact, General Pemberton at Vicksburg seemed to worry more about Grierson t 3.5 Stars actually. It is rather slow-going in places, but does give a clear picture of the raid from LaGrange, Tennessee to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in April of 1863. Colonel Grierson and his three regiments, the 6th and 7th Illinois as well as the 2nd Iowa acted as a diversion for Grant's campaign against Vicksburg. Their efforts were highly successful at gathering horses, destroying rail lines and confusing the enemy. In fact, General Pemberton at Vicksburg seemed to worry more about Grierson than Grant for a period of time. Considering that the Union cavalry was not too well thought of in the early years of the war, this raid helped to show what they could do when called upon. Ironically, Grierson was uncomfortable around horses, and would have preferred another branch of service.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Much more exciting than the Horse Soldiers movie

  19. 5 out of 5

    Derek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan Gust

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Patrick

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hansen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carl P. Swedberg

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karl Kastorf

  26. 4 out of 5

    Henryk Król

  27. 5 out of 5

    John

  28. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bill Chelmowski

  30. 5 out of 5

    William C. Eiff

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