Tag Archives: Dennis Hart Mahan

“The air was blue all around him”

A young Maine officer forever remembered the profanity-spewing Winfield Scott Hancock ordering a charge early in the Peninsula Campaign. Commanded by Col. Edwin C. Mason, the 7th Maine Infantry Regiment had “camped some days near Alexandria waiting our time to … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change (Part Seven)

(part seven in a series) In the previous two installments of this series (here and here), we examined how the development of rifled muskets made Napoleonic cavalry charges obsolete, and also how repeating weapons transformed the mission of cavalry from … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change (Part Two)

(art two in a series) In the first part of this series, we learned Napoleon Bonaparte’s theories about the use of cavalry in the field. Those tactics relied on the short range of the long arms of the infantry and … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change (Part One)

(part one in a series) This is the first installment of a multi-part series on the evolution of Civil War cavalry tactics that is being developed exclusively for Emerging Civil War. The series will focus on cavalry tactics as they … Continue reading

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