History of the State During the War, and the Lives of Her Generals Volume 1

History of the State During the War, and the Lives of Her Generals Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... (i. e. Custer's and Devin's cavalry divisions), Army of the Shenandoah, and Crook's and McKenzie's cavalry divisions, armies operating against Richmond, supported by the Fifth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, and the Twenty-Fourth Army Corps, Army of the James, and Rebel Army of Northern Virginia (cavalry and infantry), General Robert E. Lee commanding. The history of these seventy-six battles is the history of by far the larger part of the cavalry operations of the war. Into that wo can not enter. It is likewise the history of the greatest of living cavalry Generals; and this (with a quicker pen) we may continue to trace. Minio muskets and rifled cannon had abolished tho old functions of cavalry. What its true sphere might be, under the changed conditions of war, was still an open question. Manifestly tho day for grand cavalry charges, which should decide the fate of pitched battles was past, when the charge must be made for miles under a storm of rifle projectiles. So high an authority as General Sherman had declared that he had lost faith in cavalry raids. In effect the cavalry was reduced to the drudgery of furnishing pickets for tho army. It was without esprit de corps; tho men were the target for alternate abuse and raillery from the fighting infantry; and their horses, neglected by riders never taught how to care for them, were broken down. Sheridan's first movement was to procure the release of his cavalry from a large share of their picket-duty; his next to nurse the horses into some degree of fitness for active service. Meantime he sought to impress upon the mind of the Lieutenant-General his own idea of the work before the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac. He took up the theory, he tells us, that in that country of dense woods and...
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  • Paperback | 574 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 1,012g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517458
  • 9781236517456