Book Review: “The Civil War in the Big Sandy Valley”

I have always been a little bit of a Civil War buff.  I really don’t know much about the Civil War, but today I read John David Preston’s book called “The Civil War in the Big Sandy Valley of Kentucky.”  The Big Sandy region discussed in the book includes the following four counties:  Pike, Floyd, Johnson, and Lawrence.  Since I grew up in Floyd county and lived and worked in Pike county, I was particularly interested in this particular Civil War info.

You will find the book interesting if you are from the Big Sandy area.  You may find it interesting if you are from other parts of Kentucky.  One of the most prominent skirmishes took place near Prestonsburg on Middle Creek.  The two Civil War commanders involved were Col. James Garfield and Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshall.

You can read more about this particular battle on the Middle Creek National Battlefield website.  You can also download an interesting brochure from their website about Eastern Kentucky Civil War battles and skirmishes.

If you know of other Civil War books that you would recommend, please share them here.

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  1. Cheryl C Ballard says:

    Fielding and I visited Perryville Battlefield in November and I loved it! I teared up when we stepped out of the car; knowing we were standing on hallowed ground.

    I got a book for Christmas called Co. Aytch. It was recommended by a true civil war buff and is is supposed to be excellent. I will let you know after I have read it.

  2. Cheryl,

    Please do let me know what you think about the book. If it’s good, I’ll get it and read it.

  3. You should talk to Linda and Ryan. They are HUGE Civil War buffs and have been to many battlefields.

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