Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War

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Westholme, 2007 - History - 316 pages
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"The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, also known as Rush's Lancers, was a completely volunteer unit and one of the finest regiments to serve in the Civil War. Tracing their history from George Washington's personal body guard during the Revolutionary War, many of the men of the Sixth Pennsylvania were the cream of Philadelphia society, including Richard H. Rush, grandson of Dr. Benjamin Rush, Maj. Robert Morris, Jr., great-grandson of the financier of the Revolutionary War, Capt. Charles Cadwalader, whose great-grandfather was a general under George Washington, Frank H. Furness, architect and Medal of Honor recipient, and George G. Meade, Jr. But it was their actions in battle, not their illustrious family histories, that distinguished Rush's Lancers. The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry earned a reputation for being a highly trained and reliable unit, despite being armed initially with antiquated weapons, leaving their mark on key battlefields, including Hanover Court House, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station--where they conducted one of the most famous charges of the war--and Appomattox. Drawing upon letters, diaries, memoirs, service and pension files, contemporary newspaper coverage, official records, and other primary sources, Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War by distinguished military historian Eric J. Wittenberg is an engrossing account of these young men from both Philadelphia's social elite and the city's working classes who, despite not being professional soldiers, answered the Nation's call to war." --Publishers' Website

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Contents

Appendix Campaigns of the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry
244
Bibliography
291
Index
305
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Eric J. Wittenberg is the author of "Protecting the Flanks, Eric J. Wittenberg is the author of "Protecting the Flanks, Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions" (winner of the BacheGettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions" (winner of the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award as 1998 's best new work intelder-Coddington Literary Award as 1998 's best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg), and "We Have it Damn Harrpreting the Battle of Gettysburg), and "We Have it Damn Hard Out Here". In addition, he is the editor of "With Sheridand Out Here". In addition, he is the editor of "With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee", "Under Custer's Command in the Final Campaign Against Lee", "Under Custer's Command" (Brassey s, Inc., 2000), and "One of Custer's Wolverines"." (Brassey s, Inc., 2000), and "One of Custer's Wolverines". He lives in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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