Post by Dave Myrick on Feb 26, 2006 21:02:44 GMT -5
The above is the title of a compendium of sorts for eastern Federal cavalry. It is a collection of 103 letters from a trooper, Nelson Taylor of the 9th New York cavalry to his family from 1861 to 1864. It is significant for a number of reasons, but mainly because it is an unbroken chain. Each letter is reprinted complete with mis-spellings and lack of punctuation. Trooper Taylor was a participant in most of the major campaigns of the up to his discharge in `64. The book is printed and published by Heritage Books, 1993. The ISBN is 1-55613-847-4. I cannot suggest strongly enough that everyone portraying eastern Federal cavalry read this little book. Dave
"Common Soldier, Uncommon War" is another great book that I would think would be very helpful background for reenactors. It is the memoirs of a private of the 6th US Cavalry from his enlistment in 1861 through almost the end of the war, and covers every part of a soldier's experiences during the war. From the normal duty day to nighttime 'foraging' to months spent at Belle Isle, it's all there. It's out of print, but you can still find it occasionally on Amazon or ILL. It's one of my favorite sources.
"Sergeant Larson, 4th Cavalry" is another ne, this one by a sergeant in the 4th US that focuses on the western theater, but your best bet there is ILL. It was printed in 1935, and only 300 copies. The only one I saw on Amazon was up for $450.