History of the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac: Including that of the Army of Virginia (Pope's), and Also the History of the Operations of the Federal Cavalry in West Virginia During the War

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Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Company, 1900 - United States - 200 pages

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Page 160 - General Sheridan displayed great generalship. Instead of retreating with his whole command on the main army, to tell the story of superior forces encountered, he deployed his cavalry on foot, leaving only mounted men enough to take charge of the horses. This compelled the enemy to deploy over a vast extent of woods and broken country, and made his progress slow.
Page 142 - This is very distressing to me, and God knows I have done all in my power to avert the disasters which have befallen this command ; but the fact is that the enemy's cavalry is so much superior to ours, both in numbers and equipment, and the country is so favorable to the operations of cavalry that it is impossible for ours to compete with his.
Page 53 - If you find that he is moving northward, and that two brigades can guard the Blue Ridge and take care of your rear, you can move with the other three into Maryland and take position on General Ewell's right, place yourself in communication with him, guard his flank and keep him informed of the enemy's movements, and collect all the supplies you can for the use of the army.
Page 53 - You will, however, be able to judge whether you can pass around their army without hindrance, doing them all the damage you can, and cross the river east of the mountains.
Page 22 - Buford commanded all of the cavalry belonging to the Army of Virginia. Their duties were peculiarly arduous and hazardous, and it is not too much to say, that throughout the operations, from the first to the last day of the campaign, scarce a day passed that these officers did not render services which entitle them to the gratitude of the Government.
Page 77 - ... which ought to be and must be given to it, to preserve efficiency and discipline among any troops. Our cavalry at Centreville was completely broken down, no horses whatever having reached us to remount it. Generals Buford and Bayard, commanding the whole of the cavalry force of the army, reported to me that there were not five horses to the company that could be forced into a trot.
Page 69 - General, do you mean it ? Shall I throw my handful of men over rough ground, through timber, against a brigade of infantry ? The 1st Vermont has already been fought half to pieces ; these are too good men to kill.
Page 175 - May i, 1861. To the Governors of the several states, and all whom it may concern: — I have authorized Colonel Carl Schurz to raise and organize a volunteer regiment of cavalry. For the purpose of rendering it as efficient as possible, he is instructed to enlist principally such men as have served in the same arm before. The government will provide the regiment with the arms, but cannot provide the horses and equipments.
Page 78 - To be told, after more than five weeks' total inaction of the army, and during which period we sent to the army every fresh horse we possibly could, amounting in the whole to 7,918, that the cavalry horses were too much fatigued to move, presents a very cheerless, almost hopeless, prospect for the future, and it may have forced something of impatience in my dispatch.
Page 71 - Texas regiment. It was impossible to use our artillery to any advantage owing to the " close quarters " of the attacking cavalry with our own men — the leading squadrons forcing their horses up to the very muzzles of the rifles of our infantry.

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