The Cavalries at Stones River: An Analytical History

The Cavalries at Stones River: An Analytical History

by Dennis W. Belcher


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The Cavalries at Stones River: An Analytical History by Dennis W. Belcher

At the Battle of Stones River, General David Stanley’s Union cavalry repeatedly fought General Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry. The campaign saw some of the most desperately fought mounted engagements in the Civil War’s Western Theater and marked the end of the Southern cavalry’s dominance in Tennessee. This history describes the events leading up to the battle and the key actions, including the December 31 attack by Wheeler’s cavalry, the Union counterattack, the repulse of General John Wharton by the 1st Michigan Engineers and Wheeler’s daring raid on the rear of Williams Rosecrans’ army. The author reassesses the actions of General John Pegram’s cavalry brigade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476665368
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dennis W. Belcher has edited or authored six books on the Civil War and has published in the North & South magazine. He lives in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Jim Lewis 1

Preface 3

Part One: Opening Moves

 1.  Bragg Leaves Kentucky and Two Armies Move (October 9–31, 1862) 9

 2. Two Cavalries in Middle Tennessee (November 1–30, 1862) 35

 3. A Decision to Fight (December 1–25, 1862) 57

Part Two: Two Cavalries

 4. The Cavalry of the Army of the Cumberland 77

 5. The Cavalry of the Army of Tennessee 94

Part Three: Battle of Stones River

 6. The Advance on Murfreesboro—First Phase (December 26–28) 113

 7. The Advance on Murfreesboro—Second Phase (December 29–30) 137

 8. The Cavalry Battle of Stones River (December 31, Early Morning) 153

 9. The Cavalry Battle of Stones River (December 31, Late Morning) 173

10. On the East Flank—Pegram’s Cavalry (December 31) 196

11. Stanley and Wheeler Arrive on the Battlefield (Afternoon, December 31) 210

12. Cavalry Actions (January 1–5) 222

Conclusion 242

Chapter Notes 253

Bibliography 275

Index 285

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