Lincoln's Cavalrymen: A History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of the Potomac

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Lincoln's Cavalrymen: A History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of the Potomac


Rafuse, Ethan S., Civil War History


By Edward G. Longacre. (Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2000. Pp. ix, 470. Cloth, $34.95.)

Few, if any, historians of the Civil War have devoted more attention to the operations of Union cavalry in the Eastern Theater than Edward G. Longacre, whose published works include biographies of James H. Wilson and John Buford, a volume on George Custer's Michigan Cavalry Brigade, and a prize-winning study of cavalry operations at Gettysburg. Here, Longacre looks to build on his previous efforts and craft a comprehensive single-volume "organizational, administrative, and operational history of the mounted arm of `Mr. Lincoln's Army'" (vii).

There is much to admire in this book. To be sure, cavalry operations in the East have hardly been neglected by students of the Civil War, but never have they been as thoroughly researched (included among the impressive array of sources Longacre consulted are the unpublished letters and diaries of over four hundred soldiers) or as fully chronicled (with one significant caveat) in a single volume as they are here. The descriptions of how cavalrymen were recruited, equipped, and trained are insightful and informative; the narratives of operations are clear and entertaining; and the analysis of men and events is balanced and generally persuasive.

Among the more interesting aspects of Lincoln's Cavalrymen is Longacre's rejection of the notion that Confederate cavalry enjoyed a qualitative superiority over their Union counterparts during the first two years of the war. The embarrassments that Federal cavalry endured early in the war were not attributable, he argues, to inferiority in equipment, riding ability, or tactical skill, but to the faulty leadership of commanders such as George Stoneman, Philip St. …

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