Category Archives: Cavalry

General Custer’s Stirrup

July 4 marked my 6th wedding anniversary, and apparently, that is to be celebrated by the exchange of iron. It is supposed to signify strength and stability. I gave my husband some irony, but he gave me an actual iron … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac

The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac By Adolfo Ovies Savas Beatie, 2021, $34.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Adolfo Ovies has undertaken a massive project in writing a three-volume history … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 8/23-8/29/21

In your opinion, what’s the most effective cavalry skirmish/battle of the Civil War? Why?

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part two of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott (part two of two) Evidence of the amount of disorder the Union horsemen wreaked on the region’s citizens during the Wilson-Kautz Raid appears in numerous newspaper advertisements placed by individuals seeking to reclaim … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part one of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott, director of education and interpretation at Pamplin Historical Park (part one of two) Slave trader E. H. Stokes placed an advertisement in the August 6, 1864, edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, … Continue reading

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An Eagle Cake on the Fourth of July

John S. Mosby It has been a few years since I posted the story below but it still resonates every year with me because of the incredible feat the women of Point of Rocks, Maryland, accomplished: creating a 25 foot … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Stuart Horse Artillery

On December 19, 1861, the following announcement appeared in the Jacksonville Republican in Jacksonville, Alabama. (Spelling and grammar is original.) Capt. John Pelham, of Calhoun county, who is now in the Confederate army at Manassas, temporarily in command of the … Continue reading

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Preservation Setback at the Haw’s Shop Battlefield

In a February 2019 testimony before a congressional subcommittee, American Battlefield Trust president Jim Lighthizer warned that “in the next decade, most unprotected battlefield land will be either developed or destroyed.” Sadly, just over a year later his prediction has … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign

The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station through Falling Waters, June 9-July 14, 1863 By Bradley M. Gottfried Savas Beatie, 2020, $34.95 hardcover. Reviewed by Zachery A. Fry Seasoned followers … Continue reading

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That Other Cavalry Guy: Benjamin H. Grierson

April is a significant month in Civil War history. Some argue that the war both began and ended in Aprils four years apart. Lincoln was assassinated in April. The war’s first really bloody battle—the foreshadowing of what was to come—occurred … Continue reading

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