Cold steel or hot lead? Saber and revolver for the cavalry in close combat

NOTE:  This post was badly edited upon first publication.  The error was due to cutting and pasting of portions for serialized postings.  I’ve revised the post to provide the desired sequencing of Gray’s conclusions instead of Whittaker’s, which were intended for the follow up post.  Sorry for the confusion caused by the clean up. GoingContinue reading “Cold steel or hot lead? Saber and revolver for the cavalry in close combat”

Tactics and Drill… Drill and Tactics… Which is which? And what is in a name?

In an earlier post, I walked through the basic evolution of cavalry manuals used by the US Army (and thereby the Confederate Army) up to, including, and beyond the Civil War.  One point I made about those manuals was the naming convention.  Those were often titled “Tactics” but were in reality a conglomeration of bothContinue reading “Tactics and Drill… Drill and Tactics… Which is which? And what is in a name?”

Cavalry Retiring by Successive Formations: Brandy Station, October 11, 1863

Yes, that is not a typo.  There was a battle at Brandy Station on October 11, 1863.  It was the third major action on Fleetwood Hill that year.  If you recall, I wrote about this particular action during the sesquicentennial.  At that time, I put focus on the actions by Brigadier-General John Buford’s First CavalryContinue reading “Cavalry Retiring by Successive Formations: Brandy Station, October 11, 1863”