Yank and Rebel Rangers, Special Operations in the American Civil War

The author, a decorated US Army Ranger, has produced an outstanding review of Civil War Special Forces. The term Special Forces has come to encompass all highly trained special operations units from the British Commandos in 1940, but Special Forces go back through history to the ancient civilizations and were an important element during the American Civil War. – Very Highly Recommended

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NAME: Yank and Rebel Rangers, Special Operations in the American Civil War
FILE: R2860
AUTHOR: Robert W Black
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 370
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Yanks, Rebs, Rebels, Union Army, Confederate Army, Confederacy, 
Special Forces, deep penetration raids, small forces, disguise, horsemen, raiders, 
interdiction

ISBN: 1-52674-444-9

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DESCRIPTION: The author, a decorated US Army Ranger, has produced an 
outstanding review of Civil War Special Forces. The term Special Forces has come 
to encompass all highly trained special operations units from the British 
Commandos in 1940, but Special Forces go back through history to the ancient
civilizations and were an important element during the American Civil War. –  
Very Highly Recommended

The American Civil War, like most civil wars, set father against son and brother 
against brother. The officers at the start of the conflict were mostly from officer 
cadets trained together at West Point and serving in a common army before the 
civil war. That meant that they were using similar tactics learned together, speaking 
a common language and knowing the vast countryside over which the battles were 
fought. We know much about the major battles, not least because cameramen attended 
in numbers and much of their work survived, some of it reproduced in the photo-plate 
section of this book. What we know much less about are the numerous special forces 
that operated deep behind their opponents' lines, often dressed in enemy uniforms, or 
civilian clothing. That meant that any rangers who were caught were likely to be 
executed as spies.

The author tells their story with feeling and paints a graphic picture of their war. The 
nature of these units and the confusion of war means that not every special unit is 
necessarily covered in this account, or their activity after the end of the war, but this 
is basically a comprehensive review.

At the end of the war, many special forces units were far behind enemy lines 
particularly those raiders in Confederate service. Some found new employment in 
the new US Army waging war against the aboriginal tribes in the Indian Wars. Many 
simply went West into the lawless expanses and more than a few used their 
experience to raid trains and banks, creating many of the legends of the 'Wild West'. 
In the process, numbers of them converted to become law men and bounty hunters.