Hello Gentlemen, I have a question, When did Cooke's tactics actually replace Poinsett's ? Was Cooks's tactics used during American Civil War? I'm thinking about U.S. cavalry reenacting and looking for a proper manual. I also have read about McCLellan report to Congress and his cavalry manual. Was it really used? By the way, this is a nice forum, useful for any of cavalry reenactors. Thank you.
Post by Dave Myrick on Jul 11, 2008 20:23:30 GMT -5
Serge< Cooke's "officially" replacd Poinsett's in 1861. However in actual practice this was not the case. In the Army of the Potomac, Cooke's was never adopted. Poinsett's was the manual used throughout the war. Units transefered into the cavalry corps from the Western Theater that had been using Cooke's were ordered to stop using it and to use Poinsett's. McClellan's was, to my knowledge, never used. So, if you are going to reenact Federal Cavalry from the Army of the Potomac, you need to use Poinsett's.