Cavalry tactics: What of the lance? “Americans do not take kindly to the lance.”

Many years ago, when comparing the 19th century American cavalry experience with that of the European powers, a Anglophile friend remarked that, “Americans just didn’t seem to understand the usefulness of the lance.”   From the European perspective, the lance was frequently issued and employed.  The narratives of post-Napoleonic battles and campaigns include frequent mention ofContinue reading “Cavalry tactics: What of the lance? “Americans do not take kindly to the lance.””

More cold steel: “just so much he trusts to his sword, his morale will be raised”

Last week, I discussed the use of the cavalry’s melee weapons – the pistol and the saber.  (And I do apologize, as that post from last Monday was botched!  I’d not paid sufficient attention while editing, so have revised it with the correct quoted passages.) Writing almost fifty years after the Civil War and butContinue reading “More cold steel: “just so much he trusts to his sword, his morale will be raised””

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?”