Cavalry Tactics: Evolution of drill regulations

Going back to my “archives” to a post from the old days, let me mention Captain Alonzo Gray’s “Cavalry Tactics as Illustrated by the War of the Rebellion.”  That work has flaws, particularly from the stance of military professional reading (as in he completely missed a lot of important factors which would preclude the useContinue reading “Cavalry Tactics: Evolution of drill regulations”

Wainwright’s Diary, March 13, 1864: “I also heard that there were strong rumours again”

Colonel Charles S. Wainwright began his diary entry for March 13, 1864 as he often did – describing the weather: March 13, Sunday.  We are now having real March weather, at least as to changableness; no two successive days being alike.  Still, the spring is opening.  What little grass there is about here begins toContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 13, 1864: “I also heard that there were strong rumours again””

150 Years Ago: The turning of the leaves and changes of command

After the Confederate campaigns into Maryland and Kentucky petered out in the fall of 1862, there were several changes in the lineup of Federal field commanders. I suspect most readers are familiar with the relief of George McClellan, replaced by Ambrose Burnside, which occurred this week 150 years ago. At the end of last month,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: The turning of the leaves and changes of command”