Union Calvary in Civil War

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With this volume Stephen Z. Starr brings to a triumphant conclusion his prize-winning trilogy on the history of the Union cavalry.The War in the West provides accounts of the cavalry's role in the Vicksburg Campaign, the conquest of central Tennessee, Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea, and the campaign of the Carolinas. Starr never neglects the numerous difficulties the cavalry faced: equipment shortages, inadequate weapons, unsuitable organization, and inept use of the cavalry by many members of the Union high command. And he never ignores the cavalry's own contributions to its failures. He convincingly demonstrates that in the end, in the battle of Nashville and in the Selma Campaign, the Union cavalry proved enormously effective. With this final volume Starr's objective remains "the portrayal of the life and campaigns of the Union cavalry as they were experienced and fought by its troopers and officers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807132937
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,080,198
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Z. Starr died in early 1985, shortly after completing work on this third volume of his history of the Union cavalry. The other books in the trilogy are The Union Cavalry in the Civil War, Volume I: From Fort Sumter to Gettysburg and The Union Cavalry in the Civil War, Volume II: The War in the East: From Gettysburg to Appomattox.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xiii
Come in Your War Array     1
Let Slip the Dogs of War     27
Fire Answers Fire     50
To War and Arms I Fly     73
Steed Threatens Steed     102
The Weapons of War Perished     125
Waving Banners and Glittering Steel     153
'Twas a Famous Victory     180
Be Ye Men of Valour     205
Feats of Broil and Battle     227
Clouds of Dust...in All Directions     250
The Battle to the Strong     275
All the Business of War     306
Amidst the Ranks of War     332
The Flinty and Steel Couch of War     358
War Is Cruelty     391
Tipped with a Line of Steel     415
And Charge with All Thy Chivalry     447
The Valley of the Shadow     474
Once More unto the Breach     503
Swifter than Eagles, Stronger than Lions     527
All Thy Banners Wave     556
Now the Battle Day Is Past     569
Epilogue     589
The Mutiny of the 15th Pennsylvania     595
Addenda to Bibliography     603
Index     607
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