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”

Sherman’s March, May 14-17, 1865: Passing through old battlefields and crossing the Rappahannock

The last important river barrier for the armies of Major-General William T. Sherman in their march to Alexandria, Virgina was the Rappahannock River.  To gain crossing, the armies would cross through Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, with one column traversing Orange and Culpeper Counties.  That area of Virginia was the stage for so much of theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, May 14-17, 1865: Passing through old battlefields and crossing the Rappahannock”

“A very severe hand-to-hand fight”: Buford holds the door open for Kilpatrick

Before picking up from yesterday’s post, let me thank Bud Hall and Jim Nolan for helping me to better understand the series of actions in this early phase of the Bristoe Campaign. We left off on the morning of October 11 (that would be 150 years ago today), with Brigadier-General John Buford’s First Division, CavalryContinue reading ““A very severe hand-to-hand fight”: Buford holds the door open for Kilpatrick”