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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

Saturday, April 15th 

Gerald Fischer will be signing books at the Bullitt County Book Fair from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at the Shepherdsville Government Center, 634 Conestoga Parkway, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Monday, April 17th 

Gerald Fischer will be signing books and presenting a program on "Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky" from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Hancock County Historical Society, Hancock County High School, 80 St. Rt. 271, Lewisport, KY 42348
Saturday, April 22nd 

Gerald Fischer will attend and sign books at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., at the at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Saturday, May 20th

Gerald Fischer will be signing books and presenting a talk on "Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky" from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the the Bullitt County Historical Society, Shepherdsville Government Center, 634 Conestoga Parkway, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Saturday, June 24th 

Gerald Fischer will be signing books from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at "Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond" 2017 Genealogy Conference at Brescia University, 717 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY

Saturday, September 30th 

Gerald Fischer will be signing books participating in Rebel and Guerrilla Symposium discussing "Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky" with authors William B. Penn "Kentucky Rebel Town" and Matthew C. Hulbert "The Civil War Guerrilla" from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

This event will the 2017 Annual Conference of the James-Younger Gang "What Happened in Kentucky began in Missouri" held at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

Tuesday, October 10th 

Gerald Fischer will presenting a program on Battletown Witch and signing books at the Louisville Genealogical Society, in the LDS (Mormon) Church Sanctuary at 1:00 p.m. until about 2:00 p.m. The church is located on Linn Station Rd at Hurstbourne Lane in Louisville, KY, 1000 Hurstbourne Lane. There will be a question and answer period after the 45 minute presentation.

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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