Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth

The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry


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About the Book

 Near the end of the Civil War, Army Chief of Staff Henry W. Halleck described the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry as “cowed and useless” after they were “cut up” by Confederate Colonel John Mosby’s Rangers. The following April the New Yorkers made their place in history when 26 men led by Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty captured and killed John Wilkes Booth.
An amalgam of three partially formed regiments, the 16th was plagued by early desertions, poor leadership and a near mutiny as its First Battalion prepared to march to northern Virginia to bolster the outer defenses of Washington in October 1863. The regiment spent most of the remainder of the war chasing Mosby’s cavalry. They won a few tactical victories but were mainly confounded by the Confederate guerrillas.
Drawing on personal letters, diaries and memoirs by men of the 16th, and the recollections of Mosby’s men, this deeply researched history provides fresh perspective on Mosby’s exploits and the hunt for Booth.

About the Author(s)

James Carson, a retired CIA and Army officer, has more than thirty years of experience as a military intelligence analyst, manager, and educator. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

James Carson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, 6 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6329-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2813-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

Introduction 3

One: A Regiment Is Formed 13

Two: Colonel Lazelle Joins His Regiment 50

Three: The Spring 1864 Campaign 63

Four: July–August 1864: More Challenges, More Losses 75

Five: September–October 1864: More and More Losses 94

Six: A New Colonel and Brigade Reorganization 112

Seven: Victory and Tragedy 129

Eight: At War’s End 143

Nine: ­Postwar Fortunes and Failures 152

Appendix A: Roster of Officers and Sergeants 183

Appendix B: Regimental Deaths in Andersonville and Other Prisons 225

Chapter Notes 228

Bibliography 242

Index 251