The Civil War, Day by Day

Keep to Your Sabers, Men! (detail)


Union Cavalry Charge

Their training revolved around doctrines advanced by three respected French officers: Napoleon Bonaparte, Joachim Murat, and Antoine Henri Jomini. The trio believed that cavalry existed as a protective arm for infantry.

Cavalry was best suited for scouting, for covering an army’s flanks, for adding confusion to an enemy’s retreat, and - on occasion - following the main infantry attack with a mop-up assault to ensure victory. Prior to the Civil War, little consideration was given to the idea of cavalry acting alone either offensively or defensively.

These old principles were evident in the first stages of cavalry operations in the Civil War.





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