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The Union Cavalry in the Civil War: From…

The Union Cavalry in the Civil War: From Fort Sumter to Gettysburg,…

by Stephen Z. Starr

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This is Volume one of a military history of the Federal Mounted Arm. It was a service that was suffering from the resignation of some of its best peacetime officers as they had gone south to the CSA. So it was starting from scratch. this Volume takes us up to Gettysburg in the East, and shows that it took a considerable time for the USA to rebuild its mounted forces. But they were showing considerable promise as evidenced by such actions as Grierson's Raid in the spring of 1863. It is well worth reading. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807104841, Hardcover)

With this volume Stephen Z. Starr brings to a triumphant conclusion his prize-winning trilogy on the history of the Union cavalry.The War in the West provides accounts of the cavalry's role in the Vicksburg campaign, the conquest of central Tennessee, Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea, and the campaign of the Carolinas. Starr never neglects the numerous difficulties the cavalry faced: equipment shortages; inadequate weapons; unsuitable organization; and inept use of the cavalry by many members of the Union high command. And he never ignores the cavalry's own contributions to its failures. He convincingly demonstrates that in the end, in the battle of Nashville and in the Selma Campaign, the Union cavalry proved enormously effective. With this final volume Starr's objective remains "the portrayal of the life and campaigns of the Union cavalry as they were experienced and fought by its troopers and officers."


"Volume three superbly completes a splendid historical work that surely will be a standard and permanent part of all respectable Civil War libraries."--Civil War Times Illustrated

"An analytical narrative and a reference work that will endure as the benchmark history of the Union cavalry."--Civil War History

"An excellent, vigorously written, well-documented study of a relatively neglected Civil War subject."--Journal of the West

640 pages, 8 Halftones, 13 Maps, 6 x 9

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