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Rebel Raider by James A. Ramage
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Oct 22, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: war-between-the-states
Recommended for: Any fan of Morgan
Read in August, 2001

Ramage has a true gift at humanizing the romanticized figures of our folklore. Moran is a legend of Kentucky's history, but his portrayal by Ramage enables the reader to see his flaws as well as his virtues. The drama of the soldier, John Hunt Morgan, who raided deep into enemy territory and staged a daring prison escape in the middle of the War, fits neatly within the larger context of the War. A reader might suppose that Ramage pays excessive attention to Morgan's flaws, but a man who would allow himself to be surprised in Lebanon and in the raid that took his life certainly deserves a degree of criticism.
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