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New Jersey Hussars in the Civil War

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Wearing gilt-trimmed hats and bright orange capes, these New Jersey soldiers charged into the Shenandoah Valley and helped end the Civil War.

In the last year of the Civil War, the Union formed a traditional European cavalry unit known as the New Jersey Butterflies. They enticed men to join a galloping, dashing, romantic cavalry unit that would charge its enemy armed only with sabers. Officially named the Third New Jersey Cavalry and also called the First American Hussars, the ...

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Overview

Wearing gilt-trimmed hats and bright orange capes, these New Jersey soldiers charged into the Shenandoah Valley and helped end the Civil War.

In the last year of the Civil War, the Union formed a traditional European cavalry unit known as the New Jersey Butterflies. They enticed men to join a galloping, dashing, romantic cavalry unit that would charge its enemy armed only with sabers. Officially named the Third New Jersey Cavalry and also called the First American Hussars, the unit fought in decisive battles with General George Armstrong Custer and General Philip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, forcing and following Lee's retreat. Many of them German and Irish immigrants, these "Jersey" men lie buried in their native soil from one end of the state to the other. Author Peter T. Lubrecht traces their histories, providing detailed information on their lives before, during and after the war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609491321
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,461,894
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 13

1 The Cavalier Colonel 19

2 The Birth of the Butterflies or, "Mister, Where's Your Mule?" 27

3 Marching from Trenton 37

4 A Long Sloppy Journey 45

5 Into Battle 53

6 Into the Major Battles: First Winchester 67

7 Cedar Creek 77

8 Skulking Deserters 91

9 Chasing General Lee 99

10 Appomattox and Beyond 113

11 Mustering Out and Picking Up the Pieces 117

Appendix: The Men Who Enlisted in the First American Hussars: The Third New Jersey Cavalry 125

Notes 183

Bibliography 187

About the Author 191

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