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Cavalry of the Civil War



Cavalry of the Civil War
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     challenging words:    stonewall, reconnaissance, cavalrymen, best, flamboyant, military, cavalry, command, artillery, mounts, highly, defense, battlefield, division, infantry, value
     content words:    Civil War, So Southern, Jeb Stuart, West Point, Union General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, General Grant, When General George McClellan, Old Sorrel, General Joe Hooker


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Cavalry of the Civil War
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The sound of a trumpet and the rolling thunder of hooves echoed across the battlefield as a row of charging horsemen raced toward the enemy line. It's a scene that has been replayed through the ages from the earliest civilizations to the Civil War. It was the one romantic part of the war, like knights on horseback, they were the cavalry.
 
2     At the beginning of the war, many cavalrymen on both sides encouraged the romantic view of their job. They often dressed in flamboyant costumes and were armed with swords. That soon changed. The men found they needed lighter, more rugged clothing and equipment. It changed more quickly in the South, where the cavalry was used to its greatest advantage.
 
3     The Confederacy had more than one advantage when it came to its cavalry. The first was the preference for light, fast horses. They were perfect cavalry mounts. Also, because roads were often poor in the South, riding was more common than driving a carriage or wagon. Many young Southern horsemen had also taken part in group drills. So Southern horsemen had more experience on horseback and had practiced for battle.

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