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(part five in a series) Having established the backdrop for the meat of this discussion, we can now examine the actual impact of technological advances upon battlefield tactics for cavalry in the Civil War.
(part four in a series) During the early days of the Civil War, Dennis Hart Mahan’s teachings were implemented by the Union high command in particular. Gen. Winfield Scott vigorously resisted the incorporation of volunteer cavalry regiments into the Union … Continue reading
When one thinks of effective artillery use in a Civil War Battle, Chickamauga doesn’t leap immediately into the forefront. Certainly Gettysburg or Malvern Hill take those honors. Or Antietam, remembered by the Confederates as “Artillery Hell.” But not Chickamauga – … Continue reading
In April 1917, the United States officially entered World War I. What Civil War era tactics, innovations, and ideas were used during World War I – successfully or unsuccessfully?
“Victories are not always measured by comparative losses. It is the effect on the enemy’s plans and future strategy which is the ultimate criterion.” (Major General S. W. Kirby, 1960) Is this theory correct? Are there any Civil War battles … Continue reading
This Saturday at 6 p.m., C-SPAN 3 brings you the keynote address from the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Jim Ogden, historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, spoke on James Longstreet’s assault at Chickamauga. Here’s … Continue reading
We are pleased to welcome back David (Dave) A. Powell to the Emerging Civil War Symposium. Dave is a leading expert on the Chickamauga Campaign, and has penned multiple volumes on the battle for Savas Beatie, LLC. He was also integral … Continue reading
On June 18, Europe celebrated the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, one of the most decisive engagements in history. 5,000 reenactors recreated the event, and it garnered a great deal of attention on the web. On July 1-3, here in the … Continue reading
On a cold January morning 234 years ago, one of the most stunning events in American military history took place in a cattle pasture. Cowpens, South Carolina, was an overwhelming American victory, at a time when one was desperately … Continue reading
The trench-eye view of Civil War tactics has evolved considerably over the past 25+ years. Most notably, the whole question of rifled muskets, engagement ranges, and training has received intense revision and renewed scrutiny—a debate which has added considerable depth … Continue reading