09/13/2013 09:41 AM
BATON ROUGE – While a political refugee in London, former Confederate Gen. John G.
Walker wrote a history of the Civil War west of the Mississippi River. Walker’s account
remains one of only two memoirs by high-ranking Confederate officials who fought in
the Trans-Mississippi theater.
Edited and expertly annotated by Richard Lowe, author of the definitive history of
Walker’s Texas division, the general’s insightful narrative describes firsthand his
experience and many other military events west of the great river. “Greyhound Commander:
Confederate General John G. Walker’s History of the Civil War West of the Mississippi”
is available this month from LSU Press.
According to Lowe, the Greyhound Division’s crucial role in throwing back the Union’s
1864 Red River Campaign remains its greatest accomplishment. Walker led his men on
a marathon operation in which they marched about 900 miles and fought three large
battles in 10 weeks, a feat unmatched by any other division – Union or Confederate
– in the war. Gen. Walker’s history stands as a testament to his skilled leadership
and provides an engaging primary source document for scholars, students, and others
interested in Civil War history.
Lowe is Regents Professor of History at the University of North Texas. He is the author
of six previous books, including “Walker’s Texas Division, C.S.A: Greyhounds of the
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013