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Wild Wolf The Great Civil War Rivalry
ISBN: 978-1-938905-88-9

  WILD WOLF - The Great Civil War Rivalry 

Ronald Wolford Blair received The Kentucky History Award in the publication division for helping to expand current understanding of Kentuckians’ roles in the Civil War through his book, “Wild Wolf: The Great Civil War Rivalry.” In it, he highlights the contributions of Kentucky and Kentuckians to preserving the Union.

Author Ron Blair presents a copy of his new book to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Frankfort, KY.

Knob Creek was Lincoln’s earliest recollection of his boyhood home in Kentucky. Wolford challenged Lincoln on Issues controversial today but in 1864 the Wild Wolf was considered the hero of the day.
Knob Creek was Lincoln’s earliest recollection of his boyhood home in Kentucky. Wolford challenged Lincoln on issues controversial today but in 1864 the Wild Wolf was considered the hero of the day.

In recognition of the significance of Camp Nelson, a portion of the sales of the 300 copies of the collectors’ edition of Wild Wolf The Great Civil War Rivalry was donated to the Jessamine County Fiscal Court on behalf of Camp Nelson


Book Details

Author: Ronald Wolford Blair
Hardcover: 460 pages
Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Retail Price: $29.95

Book Description

Wild Wolf — The Story of Colonel Frank Wolford is a fresh look at Union Col. Frank Wolford, the celebrated Civil War cavalier and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan.

Written by Wolford’s great-great-nephew, Ronald Wolford Blair, the book discusses in detail Wolford’s heroic leadership in part of more than 300 battles and skirmishes, during which he was wounded seven times, and his notable rivalry with Morgan’s Raiders.

Additional details about Wolford’s political career and personal life are reviewed, plus little-known facts about his staunch opposition and policy dispute with President Abraham Lincoln over the use of black soldiers in the Union forces.


Ronald Wolford Blair spent his childhood in Norwood, Ohio, has strong ties to Kentucky and is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel. He lived much of his life with his family in the Cincinnati uptown community, Clifton Gas Light District, and is a graduate of Xavier University of Cincinnati.

Ronald has authored stories for several publications such as the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Lexington Herald. He was a contributing author of the book, Kentucky’s Civil War: 1861-1865, which won a Governor’s Award, as well as the book, Kentucky Rising, written by his friends, Dr. James A. Ramage and Dr. Andrea Watkins. This is the very first biography of Col. Frank Wolford.

Wolford has been a lifetime work in the making, and reveals United States history never told in its entirety. The biographer of Wolford is a collateral descendant.Ronald is an avid fly fisherman and is a member of the Bluegrass Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which promotes clean water and streams. A member of the Civil War Trust for the preservation of Civil War Battlefields, he’s also a member of several Civil War roundtable organizations, the Kentucky Historical Society, Friends of Henry Clay, and a member of the Morgan’s Men Association and other organizations. He has lectured on the subject of Wolford and the Civil War in various cities and states, and has discussed the controversial subject with a panel of top constitutional attorneys on the nationally broadcasted Diane Rehm show.

Ronald and Kathleen currently reside in the bluegrass, horse country of Lexington, Kentucky.

Historic Marker Dedication

Camp Nelson is now the only National Monument in Kentucky

Upcoming Event Details

September 13  -UPDATE   

Ronald Wolford Blair gave fascinating lecture at Lindsey Wilson

By Robert Cumming

Lexington author Ronald Wolford Blair, a descendant of Civil War and Ky court fame was at Lindsey-Wilson Tuesday afternoon for a Kentucky Humanities Council lecture and discussion concerning his fascinating new book: Wild Wolf "The Great Civil War Rivalry". Anyone remotely interested in local south-central Ky Civil War history will appreciate the time, effort, and careful detail this brilliant author and descendant of Union First Ky Cavalry Colonel Frank Wolford has put into this unique story. For those fortunate to attend the lecture, it was a great opportunity to meet the author and glimpse into the past of a remarkable character chronicling history right in our own backyard. --Robert Cumming

Listen to Ron Blair's WVXU NPR interview "The Story of Col. Frank Woodford, Commander of the Union Army's 1st Kentucky Cavalry" by clicking on link below. 

WVXU Cincinnati Edition interview   

Emerging Civil War book review

"Wild Wolf, the Great Civil War Rivalry" details life of Abraham Lincoln critic

The 'Wild Wolf' 

Descendent of Union Col. goes head-to-head with Abe Lincoln Saturday at Camp full story here.


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