Post by 11texascav on Jan 13, 2006 19:09:01 GMT -5
For being really intriested in the ACW and the calvary of that time period, Iv read alot about cavalry battles to, and did the cavalry actually "charge" enemy infantry head long? I know they were used to fend off other cav and skirmishers and sometimes the occasional "Farnsworth's Charge" in to infantry. Were that used in that way during the ACW or had that faded by the ACW?
Garrett, by ACW times, generally only in special situations. The 5th US Cavalry did at the order of General Cooke (yes, that Cooke) at the battle of Gaines Mill on the Peninsula in 1862 in an attempt to save several batteries of artillery which were about to be overrun by advancing Confederates. It ended very badly for them, with losses over 25%. And there is Farnsworth's charge, as you noted.
Post by Dave Myrick on Mar 19, 2008 20:09:08 GMT -5
If one looks hard enough, there are numerous incidents (too many to mention actually) of a mounted cavalry force charging into bodies of infantry. Mostly they ended badly for the horse soldiers however they did occasionally come out on top. Dave Myrick
For Western Theatre look up U. S. First Brigade, Second Division commanded by Colonel R. H. G. Minty. It seems they would charge at drop of a hat. You could find alot on him in Official Record of C. W.
Confederate - Any book on Forrest. "If they are hitting you front and rear then Charge both ways"
- We had that confidence in him which I imagine the Old Guard had in Napoleon. -