Basil Wilson Duke, CSA : The Right Man in the Right Place.
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- Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2005.
1 online resource (377 pages)
- Duke, Basil Wilson, -- 1838-1916.
Morgan, John Hunt, -- 1825-1864 -- Friends and associates.
Confederate States of America. -- Army -- Biography.
Generals -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
Lawyers -- Kentucky -- Louisville -- Biography.
Legislators -- Kentucky -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Cavalry operations.
- Electronic books.
- After practicing law for several years in St. Louis, Basil Wilson Duke (1838--1916) enlisted in the Confederate army in 1861 and was elected first lieutenant of John Hunt Morgan's legendary cavalry unit. As second in command, he was, Morgan recorded, "wise in counsel, gallant in the field," and always "the right man in the right place." Duke was twice wounded in battle and was captured during Morgan's Great Raid and held prisoner for over a year. When Morgan, who was also Duke's brother-in-law, was killed in 1864, Duke was promoted to brigadier general and appointed commander of Morgan's men. Moving to join forces with those of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army in North Carolina, he was assigned to the force escorting Jefferson Davis in his retreat from Richmond at the close of the war. Duke later opened a law office in Louisville and was elected as a Democrat to the Kentucky House, where he served until 1870. He was counsel and chief lobbyist for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad for over twenty years and a founder of the Filson Historical Society in Louisville. An avid amateur historian, Duke published several books, including A History of Morgan's Cavalry. Basil Wilson Duke, CSA, the definitive biography of this important but often overlooked figure in Civil War history, establishes that Duke was in fact the brilliant tactician behind much of the success of Morgan's cavalry. Author Gary Robert Matthews not only offers an in-depth study of Duke's celebrated Civil War exploits but also traces his varied postwar literary, legal, and political careers.
- Front cover
Maps and Illustrations
1. The Right Man in the Right Place
2. The Bluegrass
4. On the Green River
5. Shiloh, the End of Innocence
6. Partners in Command
7. All the Kentuckians Wanted to Ride
8. December Battles
9. We Found Pies Hot from the Oven
10. The Boys Were Sorry That Duke Was Captured
11. A Convivial Evening in Philadelphia
12. The Glory and Chivalry Seemed Gone
13. We Looked at Each Other in Amazement
14. To Perpetuate His Fame
15. My Prospects in That Line Were Not Brilliant
17. A Distinctly Southern Magazine
18. Politics and Panic
19. At the Turn of the Century
20. The Disappointments of Life Should Seem Trivial
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
- Ramage, James A.
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- Print version: Matthews, Gary Robert Basil Wilson Duke, CSA
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