I am wondering if anyone here can help me with what sounds like a simple question, but despite several web-searches I have been unable to find an answer. As I am in England, detailed information is sometimes hard to come by.
What happened to the individual Cavalry Troopers after the war? I know the regiments would be disbanded, but how likely was it that the individual soldiers would join the post-war US cavalry? I've heard of a few examples of them becoming outlaws and continuing the war 'unofficially' in that way, but I wondered if any of the more law-abiding types might have carried on in military service?
And if they did not carry on as cavalry troopers, what other jobs would they have taken that employed their equestrian or military skills?
If this is a dumb query, I am sorry, but if anyone can help me with these questions, I would appreciate it.
Post by Dave Myrick on Dec 22, 2008 0:31:54 GMT -5
I would think that some went back home and picked up the pieces of their former lives. Some did in fact join the Regular US Army and continued to serve. Others went out to the American West and began a new life. In short those men did what all citizen soldiers do at the end of hostilities. Migrate back into the general population and get on with their lives.
Post by winchester1886 on Jan 14, 2009 11:44:54 GMT -5
The Union side of my family moved from New York to Kansas and eventually to Arizona. They were farmers and ranchers. Some became outlaws. The Confederate side went back to Texas and Ranched, were Lawmen, etc. Subsiquent Generations served in the military on both sides of the Family (my Grandfather in WWII pacific theater, and my Dad in Korea and Vietnam). One Prominant Ancester became a Sherriff and then a Judge in Arizona. His son was a Newspaperman.
"Many of us volunteered to fight for the Union. Some came mainly because we were bored at home and this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many came because it was the right thing to do." Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 20th Maine Infantry at Gettysburg.
Many did enlist in the US Cavalry after the war. But most, like any war veterans, just made their way back home and tried to put thier lives back together. Many migrated west, many were young and got married after the war and settled down. My ex wife's gr gr grandfather was a Cavalryman in the "Prattville Dragoons", Co. "H", 3rd Alabama Cavalry, Gen.Wheeler's Cav Corps. He was 18 when he enlisted. He married and was a farmer. After the war he built a grist mill and was very successful with that. The rest of his unit came home and went back to farming, running businesses in Prattville, etc.
Hello again, I forgot to mention, one of my gr gr grandfather's cousins was a private in Co. "E", 1st Maryland Cavalry, CSA. After the war he too became a farmer. Two of my gr gr grandfathers were in the Infantry; Palmetto SharpShooters, South Carolina Volunteers, and 2nd S.C. Vols. One died in the war and the other was a store owner in Columbia, S.C. and he resumed running his store after the war, after he rebuilt it from where Sherman's War Criminials had burned and looted it.
And another one was a doctor, and was an Assistant Surgeon during the war and another great grandfather, who was also a doctor, and the only ancestor who was a yankee, was the Surgeon of the 11th Kentucky Cavalry, U.S.A.. They both resumed their practices after the war. One was also a farmer.
Post by westtexasrebel on Oct 23, 2013 19:07:01 GMT -5
I have several Confederate Cavalrymen in my family (2nd Cherokee Mntd Rifles and the 8th Texas) most went directly home and went back to farming, but one went to Mexico but came back a few years later started a family and returned to farming. From what I know, not a one of them would have put on the blue coat just to stay a warrior in the saddle.