Howell Raines, Silent Cavalry

graphic of Howell Raines author talk, April 10

Join us to hear from Howell Raines, author of Silent Cavalry: How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta — and Then Got Written Out of History, at the Downtown Huntsville Library on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00 pm. Book signing to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. The event is co-hosted by the Huntsville–Madison County Library Foundation and The Snail on the Wall.

About Howell Raines:
Howell Raines is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and former executive editor of The New York Times. He is the author of four previous books: Whiskey Man, The One That Got Away, Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, and My Soul Is Rested. Based in Pennsylvania, he was born and began his career in Alabama.

About Silent Cavalry:
We all know how the Civil War was won: Courageous Yankees triumphed over the South. But is there more to the story? As journalist Howell Raines shows, it was not only soldiers from northern states who helped General William Tecumseh Sherman burn Atlanta to the ground but also an unsung regiment of 2,066 Alabamian yeoman farmers—including at least one member of Raines’s own family. Called the First Alabama Cavalry, U.S.A., this regiment of mountain Unionists, which included sixteen formerly enslaved Black men, was the point of the spear that Sherman drove through the heart of the Confederacy. The famed general hailed their skills and courage. So why don’t we know anything about them? Silent Cavalry is part epic American history, part family saga, and part scholarly detective story. Drawing on the lore of his native Alabama and investigative skills honed by six decades in journalism, Raines brings to light a conspiracy that sought to undermine the accomplishments of these renegade southerners—a key component of the Lost Cause effort to restore glory to white southerners after the war, even at the cost of the truth.

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Event date: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Downtown Huntsville Library
915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Silent Cavalry: How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta--and Then Got Written Out of History By Howell Raines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593137758
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Published: Crown - December 5th, 2023