They Rode with Forrest and Wheeler

A Chronicle of Five Tennessee Brothers’ Service in the Confederate Western Cavalry


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About the Book

Thomas Burr Fisher was one of five brothers who served, between them, in the Fourth and Eleventh Tennessee Cavalry Regiments, Confederate States Army, with remarkable devotion. Using Fisher’s two memoirs (one untitled, written in 1915, and “Life on the Common Level,” written in 1921), his correspondence, records, and other material, along with the wartime diary of his brother William Fisher and extensive original research, the history of the Western Cavalry is recounted here.

About the Author(s)

John E. Fisher lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

John E. Fisher

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 320
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1995]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2270-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2149-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrations     vi
Preface     ix
Introduction     1

1. The Beginning, Secession through 1862     9
2..The Year 1863 through Streight’s Raid, January 3–May 3, 1863     29
3. Through the Chickamauga Holocaust, May 4–October 29, 1863     45
4. Chattanooga, Knoxville, and into the Atlanta Campaign, October 30, 1863–July 22, 1864     61
5. The Siege of Atlanta and Wheeler’s Tennessee Raid, July 23–September 2, 1864     89
6. The Fall of Atlanta, Sherman’s March, and Surrender in the East, August 25, 1864–May 19, 1865     106
7. Hood’s Tennesssee Campaign: Debacle at Spring Hill, November 16–29, 1864     143
8. Hood’s Tennessee Campaign: Disasters at Franklin and Nashville, November 30–December 16, 1864     158
9. Hood’s Tennessee Campaign: Retreat, December 16–27, 1864     173
10. Redeployment and Wilson’s Alabama Campaign, December 28, 1864–April 12, 1865     181
11. An Army in Bivouac; Surrender and Home, April 12–May 25, 1865     202

Epilogue     225
Appendix A     255
Appendix B     257
Notes     259
Bibliography     283
Index     291

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “interesting”—The Courier
  • “Fisher has done an admirable amount of research”—Military Images
  • “includes asides about the plight of the common soldier, race and class issues, thumbnail sketches of various officers and men, and a lengthy discussion of his grandfather’s postwar theological views”—Civil War Regiments