“The most important hand-to-hand contest” of the war on Fleetwood Hill: Shock action of cavalry at Brandy Station

In previous installments about cavalry tactics, we’ve looked at the use of the saber and revolver.  Observers such as Alonzo Gray specifically cited these weapons for use in “shock action”.  We might say that shock attacks, delivered with either the saber or, less often in Gray’s assessment, revolver, were the most important offensive component toContinue reading ““The most important hand-to-hand contest” of the war on Fleetwood Hill: Shock action of cavalry at Brandy Station”

Marching Through Loudoun: June 26, 1863

On June 25, 1863, Loudoun County witnessed a lot of movement.  Even more Federal troops were on the move on June 26.  In the evening of the 25th, Major-General Joseph Hooker issued orders for the next day: The following movements of troops will take place to-morrow, the 26th instant, viz: I. The Twelfth Corps (Leesburg)Continue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 26, 1863”

150 Years Ago: Fighting at Upperville

The forth major cavalry action of the Gettysburg campaign concluded this evening 150 years ago at Upperville, Virginia.  As with Middleburg, I’m not going to attempt to improve upon the maps and narrative offered from the ABPP study of the Loudoun Valley cavalry actions.  Instead let me offer some of my favorite photos from visitsContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Fighting at Upperville”