Tag Archives: Union Cavalry

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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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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Book Review: Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864

Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 By Bruce M. Venter University of Oklahoma Press, 2016 $23.99 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Judson Kilpatrick’s 1864 raid on Richmond is often overlooked by those who study the war in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Six Days of Awful Fighting by Eric Wittenberg

In his newest book, Eric Wittenberg has turned his prolific pen to a topic that has been unfortunately overlooked: the cavalry operations around Richmond during the 1864 Overland Campaign. Gordon Rhea gave the subject some much-needed attention in his book … Continue reading

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Kelly’s Ford: Standing Where It Happened

“Mom, I’ve waited about 13 years to come here,” I said in an undertone as we looked at Kelly’s Ford on the Rappahannock River. The river ran low on that August day (just last week), and – though rivers change … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/19-3/25/18

March 17, 2018, was the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Kelly’s Ford, which marks a turning point in the Union cavalry’s battlefield experiences. Who is your favorite Union cavalry officer? (Doesn’t have to be a general.)

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A Challenge Answered: The Battle of Kelly’s Ford, March 17, 1863

William Woods Averell was usually considered an even-tempered individual. However, in the opening weeks of March, 1863 his blood had been brought to a boil. This mild mannered New Yorker, whose great grandfather had signed the Declaration of Independence, had … Continue reading

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Prelude to Antietam

Antietam, Sharpsburg—whichever name you prefer, it characterizes the bloodiest single-day in American history. On the fields surrounding this bucolic western Maryland town, 23,000 men became casualties. Even before that bloody late summer day, the campaign had born casualties. Although definitely … Continue reading

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Daffodil Cavaliers

The cavalry of the American Civil War are well known for their dashing appearance. During the 1860s, the horse Soldiers from both sides strove to adopt and emulate the appearance of the Cavaliers of Europe and of the American Revolution. … Continue reading

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Brandy Station…Fleetwood Hill

Our friend, Eric Wittenberg, is making a concerted effort on his blog to save 50 acres of the Brandy Station Battlefield. For those of you that may not be too familiar with the battlefield, we have posted a short story, … Continue reading

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