RELEASED on 9/17/2013



2014 IPPY Award [Independent Publisher] Bronze Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction in Mid-Atlantic.

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See What Other Historians are Saying About Stuart’s Finest Hour:

“John Fox’s narrative tracks the hoofprints of the Confederate cavalry through the swamps and thickets around Richmond, and around the enemy host, in miniscule detail – crossroad by crossroad, across each ford, to every nightly bivouac and along the detours made by each detachment. That makes this book the first thorough monograph on its topic.” “Dozens of photographs add appreciable value. Modern views enable readers to establish context, and will delight interested historians decades hence.” “Fox’s [dust] jacket deserves mention as a striking bit of art.”

Robert K. Krick
America’s Civil War, March 2014


“Utilizing previously unseen primary sources, he has created a deeply researched and smooth-reading narrative that has the sounds of bugles, saber strikes, and thundering hoofs resonating from its pages.”

Paul Taylor
Civil War News, January 2014


“Using a wealth of primary sources, some previously unpublished, Fox gives the reader an excellent in-the-saddle account of the rideand its aftermath.”  “Emblematic of some of the excellent books coming out of small presses these days, and well worth a place on your bookshelf.”

Fred Ray
Author of Shock Troops of the Confederacy
as reviewed on TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog.

“Fox again shines as a skilled narrator who is adept at weaving facts gleaned from broadly accessible primary and secondary sources with more obscure eyewitness reports, letters, telegrams, and such.”

C.L. Bragg
Author of Crescent Moon over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty and
Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, CSA


“All aspects of the planning and execution of the raid, as well as the Union response, are meticulously detailed in the text.” “Stuart’s Finest Hour is highly recommended reading for students of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, the command exploits of JEB Stuart, and Civil War cavalry operations in general.”

Andrew Wagenhoffer
Civil War Books and Authors Blog



Stuart’s Finest Hour description  –

Many people are aware that J. E. B. Stuart was a famous cavalry general who rode for the Confederacy. Yet, how did this twenty-nine-year-old former U. S. Army lieutenant become the 1860’s version of a media sensation? What did he do to become a household name throughout the land? At the beginning of June 1862, George McClellan’s huge Union army stood poised to decimate the Confederate capital of Richmond. The city faced chaos as thousands of civilians fled. Confederate army commander Robert E. Lee wanted to launch his own attack but he needed to know what stood on McClellan’s right flank. John Fox’s upcoming book, Stuart’s Finest Hour, places the reader in the dusty saddle with Stuart’s men as they recon Hanover and New Kent counties. Using eyewitness accounts, this first ever book written about the raid follows Stuart’s 110 mile route, deep behind enemy lines, all the while chased by Union troopers commanded by Stuart’s father-in-law, Philip St. George Cooke.