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Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky
ISBN: 978-1-938905-80-3

Book Details

Author: Gerald W. Fischer
Hardcover: with dust jacket
Product Dimensions: 6" x 9", 240 pages including index
Retail Price: $24.95

Book Description

Usually when people think about “guerrilla activity” during the Civil War, the border conflicts between Kansas and Missouri come to mind, enhanced by tales of Quantrill’s Raiders and Bloody Bill Anderson preying upon innocent townsfolk and civilians. However, guerrilla forces roamed throughout the border states and beyond throughout the entire war, and similar tales can be found in Kentucky, the Virginias, and other areas at a time when loyalties could be found for both North and South.

This is especially true for the “Heartland of Kentucky”, roughly defined by the Pennyroyal and Bluegrass regions in the central/west-central areas of the state — an area declared “neutral” to the conflict but important to both sides. 

Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky explores the real guerrilla fighters of the region, their exploits and their eventual demise, along with some of the infamous “lawmen and soldiers” assigned to bring them to justice.


Gerald Fischer was born in Kentucky in January of 1945. He co-authored the Meade County, Kentucky – History & Families Book, writes for the Meade County Messenger, the former Meade County News Standard, and the Kentucky Explorer magazine. He has authored numerous articles on the Civil War and guerrilla activity in Kentucky. Currently, he writes a Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce history blog entitled “Fischer’s Feature’s.”

He has served as an officer in several archaeological societies, and is currently Vice President of Meade County Historical and Archaeological Preservation Society. Fischer has been interviewed on talk radio shows, television, and in 2013 was interviewed on the History Channel’s “Unearthing America.”

Frances and Gerald Fischer have two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. They reside in a cabin on their farm in Meade County, Kentucky, with their two dogs and cat.

Upcoming Event Details

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gerald Fischer will be present a program on "Battletown Witch," and sign books for the Daughter's of the American Revolution, at the Owensboro Museum of Science and Industry, 122 E. 2nd. Street at 2:00 p.m. in the D.A.R. third floor room.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Gerald Fischer will be signing books at the Ancestral Trails Historical Society "Book Fair and 18th Century Market Fair,"
located in the Pritchard Center, 404 S. Mulberry Street (Hwy. 62) from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) in 
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 42701.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Gerald Fischer will be presenting a program on Guerrilla Warfare and the expedition to find the grave of "Isaiah Big Zay Coalter,"
and will be signing books at the United Daughter's of the Confederacy luncheon, 11:00 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 213 Cambridge Station Road in Louisville, Kentucky.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Gerald Fischer will be presenting a program and signing books for the Colonial Dames meeting at their 11:00 am (Eastern Time)
luncheon-meeting to be held at Wildwood Country Club, 5000 Bardstown Rd. in Louisville, Kentucky.  The presentation will discuss the women's vital role in the settlement of Kentucky from 1770 through Statehood and will end approximately 12:45 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.  

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