When I was a boy one of most fondest memories was when my father took me to the local movie theater and we saw John Ford's epic CW movie "Horse Soldiers". I remember how I was on the edge of my seat and how I bombarded my father with questions afterwards. This story has always been a favorite of mine and it was only much later did I find out that it was based on a true story of the raid.
This work gets in to how the raid was conceived as part of Grant's efforts to seize Vicksburg. Other diversions were put into play that diverted Confederate attention from Grant's move west of Vicksburg and scattered different cavalry detachments so that Grierson's raid was able to drive deep into Mississippi and destroy the main railway into Vicksburg at Newton Station. Grierson skillful use of smaller diversionary raids from within his command continually kept the Confederates off balance and chasing ghosts. By pushing his men he was able to successfully reach Baton Rouge, Louisiana with very few losses. The author explains the moves on a daily basis and gets into personalities of the officers both North and South.
This is a great read and completes my love of this story that was first made on a Saturday afternoon with my Dad so long ago. I strongly recommend this book!