Union Army officer and noted Kentucky historian Edmund L. Starling said of Adam “Stovepipe” Johnson’s Confederate raid on Newburgh, “Johnson performed perhaps the most reckless, and yet most successful, military master stroke achieved by any commander of high or low authority, in either army during the war.” Thunder from a Clear Sky displays this little-known, but fascinating nugget of Civil War history—the first Confederate military raid to cross the Mason-Dixon Line during the American Civil War, the capture of the thriving river-port community of Newburgh, Indiana. With the politically divided landscape of Civil War Kentucky and the steamboat economy of the Ohio River as its backdrop, the surprising events of July, 1862, build to an improbable climax.
In this story of deception, betrayal, murder, and revenge, Adam Johnson—Kentucky legend, Texas hero, Confederate soldier—conducts a traveling recruiting campaign through the hills of western Kentucky in the summer of 1862. Johnson’s crowning effort, his foray onto Northern soil, has the unintended consequence of waking the sleeping giant. Indiana Governor Oliver Morton unleashes an overwhelming counter-offensive that seals the fate of western Kentucky for the remainder of the war.
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Praise for Thunder From a Clear Sky
Midwest Book Review
"Thunder from a Clear Sky is the breathtaking true story of Confederate cavalry officer Adam 'Stovepipe' Johnson, who led the first Confederate raid across the Mason-Dixon Line to seize the river-port community of Newburgh, Indiana, during the American Civil War. Not a shot was fired. A highly accessible true story of how an ordinary man proved capable of a military master stroke, and the fallout thereafter when the territory he claimed was retaken by Union troops. A welcome contribution to Civil War and military history shelves."
Evansville Courier & Press Book Reviews
"A fascinating account of how a skilled former Indian fighter gathered a few Kentucky rebels and 'woke up' the slumbering Indiana Home Guard."
"History buffs will undoubtedly appreciate this illuminating account of an event outside the periphery of most history books."
Texas Hill Country Magazine
"Well written...I found Thunder from a Clear Sky to be a fascinating read...I think anyone interested in Texas history would enjoy this book."
Bluegrass Roots, The Quarterly Journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society
"The story of how one man, Adam Rankin Johnson, scoured the countryside near Henderson, Kentucky, looking for recruits for the Confederacy, and ended up heading the group that was the first to invade the state of Indiana. This is a marvelous book and I highly recommend it."
Ray Mulesky is an ardent student of Indiana history and has been waiting for the opportunity to share that interest for nearly 20 years—the result of this long wait is Thunder from a Clear Sky. Ray lives in Evansville, Indiana, with his wife and son.
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Descrizione libro iUniverse, Inc., 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. First Edition. Brand new. Unmarked. Shipped promptly with USPS tracking. ; 8.80 X 5.80 X 0.60 inches; 176 pages. Codice libro della libreria 49347
Descrizione libro iUniverse, Inc., 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0595338526