This is a biography of an antihero, Samuel Martin writes in his prologue. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick was one of the most notorious scoundrels in the Union army. He lied, thieved, and whored his way through the Civil War, yet managed to attain the stars of a major general. But despite his faults—or perhaps because of them—he is a fascinating character.
Description from Amazon: Nicknamed "Kill-Cavalry" because of the unusually high casualty rate among his men, cavalry commander Hugh Judson Kilpatrick was also the most notorious scoundrel in the Union army. Kilpatrick lied, thieved, and whored his way through the Civil War, yet managed to attain the stars of a major general. But despite his faults-or perhaps because of them-he is a fascinating character. This exceptionally well-researched biography (all the more remarkable given that Kilpatrick's daughter destroyed all her father's papers after his death) profiles one of the most interesting soldiers to ever wear Union blue.
Samuel J. Martin has been researching and writing about the Civil War for more than fifteen years. He has published several articles in Civil War Times Illustrated, The Kepi, and Virginia Country. His first book, The Life of Confederate General Richard S Ewell was published in 1991. After a three-decade business career that took him from General Electric to RCA to Southwestern Bell Telecom, he retired to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in 1990, where he now devotes his time to researching and writing about the Civil War and its eccentric personalities.