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Basil Wilson Duke, CSA: The Right Man in the Right Place

by Matthews, Gary Robert
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Retail Price: $39.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 0813123755

Born May 28, 1837 in Richland, Kentucky, Basil Wilson Duke grew up among the wealth and tradition of the Bluegrass gentry. Duke felt obligated to side with the South upon the outbreak of the Civil War, and he soon became a trusted adviser to Gen. John Hunt Morgan, his brother-in-law and leader of a famed band of Confederate raiders. Following a year-long imprisonment and the death of the general, Duke assumed control of Morgan's men in 1864 only to persuade President Davis of the futility of continuing the war. In subsequent years, Duke wrote A History of Morgan's Cavalry, served as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, and became a skilled and much sought-after orator for political functions and Civil War reunions.

review of Basil Wilson Duke, CSA: The Right Man in the Right Place, by Matthews, Gary Robert, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).