Southwestern Historical Quarterly April The remaining five chapters covered the actions of Major's men in Louisiana and Texas from 1863 through the end of the war. These veteran cavalrymen proved to be invaluable to Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, who utilized their mobility to raid and disrupt Union military installations in Louisiana. Matthews describes the exploits of Major's "Mississippi river-boat pirates" in great detail and at every opportunity emphasizes the importance of the brigade's covert activities (2). While acting as mostly a raiding force, Major's brigade also fought in the battles of Pleasant Hill and Mansfield, the two most prominent battles in the Union Red River campaign. The final pages of this book follow Major's brigade into the post-bellum era, demonstrating the varying levels of success and failure that these now defeated rebels attained for themselves in peace time. Matthews's work shines in its telling of the deeds of Major's brigade during the war. The author transitions well from chapter to chapter, weaving the experiences of different regiments into a compact and wellresearched piece of scholarship. One of the shortcomings of the book, however, is the last chapter. Matthews should be commended for continuing his narrative past the end
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Mar 22, 2017
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