Post by Dave Myrick on Jan 4, 2009 22:00:59 GMT -5
Folks, I offer the following for your reading enjoyment; Cavalry Tactics as Illustrated by the War of the Rebellion, Together With Many Interesting Facts Important For Cavalry To Know, by Alonzo Gray (1910).
This work is a detailed analysis of tactics, east and west, complied by using the ORs as well as direct interviews with surviving troopers. It will shed a great deal of light on what we do and how we do it. Gray was a Captain in the Regular cavalry (9th I believe) when he wrote this and there is no doubt he has a firm base to draw from in his analysis. It is available from Kessinger Publishing via Amazon for less than $20.
Post by Dave Myrick on Jan 4, 2009 23:36:07 GMT -5
Books.google had it, I know, but I find it difficult to read a book online. Call me silly but I prefer to have the text in my hand rather than on a screen. Given the time, take a look at the myriad of other titles Kessinger has available. A simple search for "cavalry" yields nearly 200 titles.
Another very good view of what the war taught about cavalry practice is Frederick Whittaker's volume, written by "A Volunteer Cavalryman," Volunteer Cavalry: The Lessons of a Decade (New York: author, 1871). John Tobey and I have both gotten some excellent nuggets out of that one.
Looking forward to a great new year to come in the saddle! Andy German