This is the history of a legendary battalion. The product of more than a decade's toil, ""Going Back the Way They Came"" is a thoroughly researched, comprehensive book that details the organization of the Philips Georgia Legion Cavalry Battalion unit and its combat odyssey. Using letters, diaries, period images, newspaper articles, archives, and other forgotten sites throughout north Georgia, the author tells the story of this battalion. The result is a highly readable book that takes the reader on horseback through several of the major battles in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. The reader not only sees the word on the page of the book, but also feels the pain and glory, smells the stenches, and hears the booms of gun and artillery in this accessible narrative. The text is sprinkled with never-before-published images. Detailed appendixes include annotated rosters for each cavalry company. ""Going Back the Way They Came"" is solid Civil War scholarship, and a narrative that is hard to put down.
Richard M. Coffman graduated from Ohio State University, the University of Denver, and the University of South Carolina. He received the B.A., M.A., MEd. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Coffman is a career Air Force officer and was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was a special -education teacher for ten years after his retirement from the US Air Force. He taught severely emotionally disturbed adolescent children.