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Title: Battle of Pilot Knob Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour Guide
Author: Douglas L. Gifford
Category: History, Nonfiction, Travel
Price: $9.99
Language: English
Size: 8.5 x 11
Number of Pages: 64
ISBN Number: 1-59196-478-4
Publication Date: March 2004

About this Book:

Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864 started out with high hopes of disrupting the Union war effort. But before the Confederates could threaten St. Louis, Price had to deal with the small Union garrison inside Ft. Davidson near Pilot Knob, MO. On the afternoon of September 27, 1864, Price launched a massive assault against the tiny garrison, with disastrous results for the Confederates. The Battle of Pilot Knob Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour Guide is a comprehensive guide to all the sites associated with the Battle of Pilot Knob. Inside this guide you will find a description of the strategic setting in the summer of 1864, an analysis of the opposing armies, and an excellent narrative of the battle. The heart of the book is the tour itself. Each stop on the tour is described in detail, complete with actions at that stop, teaching points, discussion questions, and vignettes written by actual battle participants. Any group or individual with an interest in history or the Civil War will love this book.

About the Author:

Major Douglas L. Gifford, Missouri Army National Guard, leads battlefield tours and military staff rides for military organizations, school groups, scout troops, history clubs and veterans organizations to Civil War battlefields in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York. He is a former instructor at the Missouri National Guard Regional Training Institute. He commanded the 2175th Military Police Co. during a deployment to Kosovo in 2001-2002. In 2003, he commanded the 135th Military History Detachment in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has published several articles on American military history.

Book Review:

The Battle of Pilot Knob, Missouri, is one of the many small but significant actions fought during the closing months of the Civil War. The battle was the first major engagement of Major General Sterling Price's 1864 Missouri Expedition. Some historian feel that if it were not for the stunning Union victory at Pilot Knob, Price's Confederates might have been able to capture St. Louis, upsetting Union war plans and possibly bringing foreign recognition to the Confederacy. In the Battle of Pilot Knob Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour Guide, Douglas L. Gifford does a masterful job leading the reader through the significant events of the battle. The tour guide and directions are easy to understand, even by someone who is not an expert on the Civil War. With this guide, any individual or group can tour the Pilot Knob battlefield and truly understand what happened there. Military and school groups in particular will find this guide a useful tool. Even Civil War and history buffs who don't intend to visit the Pilot Knob battlefield will find the book an interesting read.

Order/Contact Info:

Retail price for the Battle of Pilot Knob Staff Ride and Battlefield Tour Guide is $9.99 plus shipping. For USPS media mail with delivery confirmation enclose an additional $12.49 total cost. For shipping via USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation enclose $14.25 for the book and shipping. Personal check (with a waiting period while the check clears) and postal money orders are the accepted payment methods. Bookstores please inquire for prices. Send orders to: Douglas L. Gifford Pilot Knob Tour Guide 33 Brookview Lane Moscow Mills, MO 63362

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