In the fall of 1864, during the last brutal months of the Civil War, the Confederates made one final, desperate attempt to rampage through the Shenandoah Valley, Tennessee, and Missouri. Price's Raid, the last of these attempts, has too long remained unexamined in a book-length modern study, but now Civil War scholar Mark A. Lause investigates the problems during the campaign and the myths propagated about it. He offers new insight into the two distinct phases of the campaign and shows that both sides used self-serving fictions, including the term raid, to provide a rationale for their politically motivated brutality.
Mark A. Lause came naturally to an interest in Price's raid. He was raised in a blue-collar Missouri community in the path of the 1864 campaign. He later found that the movements of the 1960s posed important questions about the role of the people in changing the institutions and practices of their society. Attempting to understand these issues drew him into the serious professional study of history, where most of his work has focused on pioneering new approaches to understanding the Civil War as "the Second American Revolution." Today, he is Senior Professor of American History at the University of Cincinnati. His numerous publications include Price's Lost Campaign and The Collapse of Price's Raid, both published by the University of Missouri Press. Lause resides in Cincinnati with Katherine Allen, his wife of thirty years.