Union Cavalryman 1861–65 cover
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The bombardment by Confederate artillery of Fort Sumter on 12 April 1861 was the spark that finally ignited the American Civil War (1861-1865), quickly bringing thousands of eager volunteers for the Union cause. It proved especially easy to raise cavalry, since recruits naively believed that their military duties would be easier than in the infantry. This book investigates all aspects of the life and experiences of a Union trooper, covering enlistment, training, uniforms, weapons, cavalry tactics and the discrepancy between the recruit's view of swashbuckling charges and heroic hand-to-hand combat and the less glorious reality.

Table of Contents

Historical Background · Enlistment · Training · Uniforms and Equipment · Weapons · Field Service · Combat and Tactics · Wounds and Sickness · Sites of Interest

Product details

Published Nov 13 1995
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781855324626
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 51 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 13
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Philip Katcher

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Richard Hook

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