Clashes of cavalry: the Civil War careers of George Armstrong Custer and Jeb Stuart
An innovative approach to the lives of these two Civil War giants, depicting not only their individual lives and exploits, but also the role of each in specific battles.
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Clashes of cavalry: the Civil War careers of George Armstrong Custer and Jeb StuartUser Review - Book Verdict
Hatch (Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1997) acquaints readers with the well-known lives and military accomplishments of his colorful protagonists: Custer, the fun-loving West Point cadet who graduated at the bottom of his class with 726 demerits; and Stuart, a fellow classmate and self-styled Virginia aristocrat who shunned the "hireling professions" of law and commerce for the battlefield. The author skillfully interweaves the extraordinary wartime exploits of both men from First Manassas until Stuart's death at Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864. He offers Stuart as a foppish master showman whose meteoric rise as the "Beau Sabreur" declines after Brandy Station and Gettysburg, largely owing to his willfulness and bad judgment. By comparison, the late-blooming Custer is seen to eclipse Stuart's reputation through his daring generalship, ability to survive lackluster superiors, and substantial contribution to Lincoln's 1864 reelection by driving Confederate troops from the Shenandoah Valley. Hatch's concluding chapter summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of both cavalry commanders, and, surprisingly enough, he disappoints by declining to choose the better man, although his entire study argues for Custer. The scholarship is sound, and maps of the subjects' raids and engagements are helpful. Recommended for Civil War collections at most libraries. John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens ...
Review: Clashes of CavalryUser Review - Trebro - Goodreads
Been awhile since I read a Civil War book, I grabbed this one on a lark. It's a comparison of the Civil War lives of Custer and JEB Stewart, two of the most notable cavalry officers of the Civil War ... Read full review