“I honestly don’t
usually review non-fiction books. However, something called
me to review this one, and quite frankly, I really enjoyed
this book. It was surprisingly a really great book written
by an author who knows what he is researching. I liked it
because it is a true and informative account of a
Confederate soldier who braved the battle and went across
the Mason-Dixon line to take control of Union held
Newburgh, Indiana. Reading the scenes and what happened
during the Civil War was awe-inspiring and really held my
interest. I felt, if but for a time, that I was among those
men in the raging battle of war. It is very vividly
This non-fiction book is an easy-to-read book and really can pull the reader in, almost like a really good novel. It is richly detailed and researched to the point, if you’re like me, you’ll love it whether you are a fiction or a non-fiction reader.
I do highly recommend, if you are a fan of history or the Civil War, or both, that you get your copy of this informative book today. Well done, Mr. Mulesky!”
April 3, 2011
"As a career officer in the USAF, a Vietnam veteran, and a student of our United States history, the book evoked all sorts of feelings about patriotism, war, the futility of war, brothers against brothers, etc. What really drew me in was the style in which the story was presented. It seemed to me as though I was reading an account written by a person who was there at the time."
T. Lohman, USAF (retired)
August 11, 2007
"The author writes very well and his deeply researched chronicle of the Newburg Raid is an excellent piece of military history. I would suspect that anyone interested in Civil War irregular operations, and the war in general in Kentucky and Indiana, would benefit from reading this fascinating history of the Newburg Raid. Ray Mulesky is to be congratulated on bringing an obscure event to light, while at the same time fleshing the story out into a book length study that examines the events preceding the raid in depth and also analyzes its strategic consequences. I look forward to this talented author's next project."
"Written by Ray Mulesky, Thunder From a Clear Sky is the breathtaking true story of Confederate cavalry officer Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson, who led the first Confederate raid across the Mason-Dixon Line to seize the river-port community of Newburgh, Indiana, during the American Civil War. Not a shot was fired. A highly accessible true story of how an ordinary man proved capable of a military master stroke, and the fallout thereafter when the territory he claimed was retaken by Union troops. A welcome contribution to Civil War and military history shelves."
January 5, 2007
"Ray Mulesky's outstanding book
provides the first detailed account of Adam R. "Stovepipe"
Johnson's raid on Newburgh, Indiana. Based on extensive
research in primary sources, the book is well organized and
clearly written; and Mulesky's conclusions are well founded
and balanced. His description of Johnson's use of guerrilla
tactics and the Union response is a valuable contribution
to Civil War historiography."
Dr. James A. Ramage
author of Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan
Gray Ghost: The Life of Colonel John Singleton Mosby
December 2, 2006
“A wonderful read, filled
with information that I had not previously been exposed to.
Mulesky has a terrific writing style that weaves the
information together in a manner that resembles the work of
a good reporter. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.”
Robert P. Broadwater
author of The Battle of Perryville 1862
Of Men and Muskets: Stories of the Civil War
September 17, 2006
"History buffs will undoubtedly appreciate this illuminating account of an event outside the periphery of most history books."
"A tremendous work. It brings this piece of history to life."
Invitation to Valhalla
"Thunder From a Clear Sky
tells an important and, until now, largely neglected story
about the American Civil War. After sifting through a
number of hard to find records, Ray Mulesky has produced an
especially detailed and interesting account of how one
particular border region of America suffered during the
Civil War. Mulesky's book also reminds us how dark the days
were for the Union cause and how divided the border areas
were during the first year or so of the conflict.
as a fresh and important contribution in a field long
Professor Randy K. Mills, Ph.D., Oakland
Jonathan Jennings: Indiana's First Governor,
Unexpected Journey: A Marine Corps Reserve Company in the Korean War
Honoring Those Who Paid The Price
"Thunder From a Clear Sky
shares the story of Adam Johnson's military raid on
Newburgh- the first Confederate raid to cross the
Mason-Dixon Line during the Civil War. Mulesky, a student
of Indiana history, weaves the legends and events that
transpired while adding details of Civil War-era Kentucky
and the divided political views surrounding the region."
"The story of how one man,
Adam Rankin Johnson, scoured the countryside near
Henderson, looking for recruits for the Confederacy, and
ended up heading the group that was the first to invade the
Northern state of Indiana. This is a MARVELOUS book and I
highly recommend it to you."
The Quarterly Journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society
"Ray Mulesky, a local
historian with a deft writing touch, has captured the
essence of the [Newburgh] events and provides us juicy
behind the scenes details."
Barnes & Noble Author Fest
"Well written...I found
Thunder From a Clear
Sky to be a fascinating read...I think anyone
interested in Texas history would enjoy this
Texas Hill Country
"The story of Adam Rankin
Johnson's 1862 raid on Newburgh - the first Confederate
invasion of the North during the Civil War - had not been
fully told until Ray Mulesky took hold of it."
July 8, 2005
"The outcome of Ray's effort
is an accurate historical account and an excellent read, a
rare combination for a first-time author and one that makes
me look forward to reading his future works!"
Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable
"Well written and well
documented, this book provides a fascinating view of events
of the raid on Newburgh."
Genealogical Society Book Reviews
"Thunder From a Clear Sky
...is a fascinating account of how a skilled former Indian
fighter gathered a few Kentucky rebels and "woke up" the
slumbering Indiana Home Guard. Mulesky sees the humor in a
motley contingent stealing an unguarded cache of weapons
from a riverfront warehouse owned by one of Newburgh's
leading citizens (without a shot being fired), but also
focuses on divisions between neighbors in Civil War border
& Press Book Reviews
February 26, 2006
"His book is the most accurate
that's been written about the raid."
Michael L. Johnson,
Civil War authority,
as quoted in the Evansville Courier & Press
June 10, 2005