The Most Hated Man in Kentucky: The Lost Cause and the Legacy of Union General Stephen Burbridge

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University Press of Kentucky
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Brad Asher is an independent scholar. He is the author of Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress and Beyond the Reservation: Indians, Settlers, and the Law in Washington Territory, 1853--1889. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


"A superb biography of one of the most pivotal figures in Kentucky's Civil War history. Stephen Burbridge figures heavily in any analysis of Kentucky's wartime experience, both for his actions as commander of the Military District of Kentucky in 1864--65 and for his outsized reputation as the chief villain of the 'radical Unionist' cause. There has been a lot of revisionist literature in the last fifteen years on Kentucky's belated Confederate identity but no work up to now has addressed Burbridge himself. Brad Asher has filled a very important gap in the literature on wartime and postwar memory of Kentucky." -- Aaron Astor, author of Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860--1872

"Brad Asher's The Most Hated Man in Kentucky is a solid reassessment of Kentucky's most controversial and reviled Union general, and one that will help readers understand the state's complex place (and Burbridge's complex place) in Civil War history." -- Stuart W. Sanders, author of Murder on the Ohio Belle