From Yorktown to Santiago: With the Sixth U. S. Cavalry

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The Sixth U.S. Cavalry had its birth at the outbreak of the Civil War with its first action at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1862. They fought in the Army of the Potomac under General Sheridan throughout the war. From 1865 to 1871 the regiment was stationed in Austin and Fort Richardson, Texas, acting as both a federal policing unit in the Reconstruction military government and as protectors against the Comanches along the frontier. After 1871 they moved into Kansas and the Indian Territory and in 1874 were under the ...

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Austin 1989 Cloth Reprint. New/New in New jacket A new book in publisher shrinkwrap. 329 pages. Born at the outbreak of the Civil War, sent to Texas for policing during ... Reconstruction, & used on the frontier against the Indians, the unit went to Cuba for the Spanish-American War. Facsimile of 1900 ZSBH 02651. Read more Show Less

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Austin Texas 1989 Hard Cover First Thus New in New jacket Still in original shrink wrap.329 pages, frontis, illustrations. Introduction by Carroll. Covers the Six Cavalry from ... The Civil War, Indian Wars, and Spanish American War. Carter was a 2nd Lieutenant when he joined the unit in 1874, and spent his entire career there. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The Sixth U.S. Cavalry had its birth at the outbreak of the Civil War with its first action at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1862. They fought in the Army of the Potomac under General Sheridan throughout the war. From 1865 to 1871 the regiment was stationed in Austin and Fort Richardson, Texas, acting as both a federal policing unit in the Reconstruction military government and as protectors against the Comanches along the frontier. After 1871 they moved into Kansas and the Indian Territory and in 1874 were under the command of Col. Nelson A. Miles in his operations against the Comanches, Cheyennes, and Kiowas. The regiment was then stationed in Arizona and New Mexico and spent the next ten years in operations against the Apaches. Their last action against the Indians was at Wounded Knee in 1890. Fighting did not come again until the short-lived Spanish-American war in 1898 where the unit was prominent in the battle of Santiago. The author was a 2nd Lieutenant when he joined the Sixth Cavalry in 1874 and remained on their rolls for his entire career. In 1900 he wrote this history of the unit and had it privately published in Baltimore. Unfortunately a large part of the edition was destroyed by fire, make the original book one of the scarcest and most expensive histories of a major military unit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938349426
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM H. CARTER was born in Tennessee in 1851. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1873 and participated in many of the events described in this book. He retired a Major General in 1915. He was also the author of Old Army Sketches, and Horses, Saddles, and Bridles.JOHN M. CARROLL of Bryan, Texas, is a well-known military historian. He has authored or edited over 200 publications, including Custer in Texas, The Black Military Experience of the American West, and Von Schmidt the Complete Illustrator.

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The breaking point of the long continued strain between the sections was reached on the day when the election of Abraham Lincoln was made known, and yet the North was slow to believe that the South would hazard the fate of the republic because of political disappointment.

Events follows each other in evil combination until at last the veil was lifted from the eyes of the amazed men of the North. The stupendous war, which was to follow with all its attending horrors, was beyond the conception of the wisest thinkers of the age/ He who dared to intimate that enormous armies would be called into being before the rebellion could be crushed, was scorned as of unbalanced mind.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction 1
                                            Chapter I.
The Organization of the Regiment                                                          9
                                           Chapter II.
The Peninsular Campaign                                                                       22
                                           Chapter III.
Maryland Campaign                                                                                 56
                                           Chapter IV.
On to Fredericksburg                                                                               63
                                           Chapter V.
The Gettysburg Campaign                                                                       91
                                           Chapter VI.
With Sheridan to the End                                                                       108
                                           Chapter VII.
Regiment Ordered to Texas                                                                   131
                                           Chapter VIII.
On the Plains—Kansas and Indian Territory                                           157
                                           Chapter IX.
Arizona—The land of the Apaches                                                          177
                                           Chapter X.
New Mexico                                                                                             241
                                          Chapter XI
Back to the Plains and the Bad Lands                                                   256
                                          Chapter XII.
Santiago                                                                                                  281
Aftermath                                                                                                304
Roster                                                                                                     311

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