In July of 1863, Federal forces, emboldened by the victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, moved across the Missouri state line south into Confederate-held Arkansas, advancing from the northwest and northeast in a pincer movement that took all of the northern half of the state, including the prosperous Arkansas river valley and the state capital at Little Rock, by September 11. Secure in their position, the Federals began to transfer men to the campaigns east of the Mississippi. This new title's detailed and exciting account will highlight all aspects of the raid into Missouri planned by Colonel Jo Shelby, whose famed "Iron Brigade" was the boldest and most accomplished cavalry outfit in the Trans-Mississippi Theatre. An indispensible source for anyone interested in Civil War history.
"McLachlan gives a thorough overview of the strategic situation, the troops involved in the raid, some insight into Jo Shelby’s personality and previous experience, and the Northern (and Southern) reaction to the daring incursion. Lavishly illustrated, like all Osprey books, Ride Around Missouri includes an array of vintage period photographs, original maps commissioned for the book, bird’s-eye views, first-person accounts drawn from primary sources, and the usual excellent color illustrations of men, uniforms, equipment, and events." -Scott Mingus, Charge! Civil War Wargaming
"Sean McLachlan’s rapid paced and blow-by-blow account of Confederate Colonel Joseph O. Shelby’s audacious cavalry raid through Union occupied Missouri in 1863 brings to light a largely overlooked, but fascinating, military operation of the American Civil War.. no history of the horse soldiers and their cavalry operations during the Civil War would be complete without this interesting account of J.O. Shelby’s Raid around Missouri." - Ron Stowers, Jackson Civil War Round Table