Download e-book for iPad: American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

By Bruce Catton

The Epic fight of the Blue and grey via the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Bruce Catton. this is the genuine glance of the conflict with 836 images together with many in colour that experience by no means been published earlier than. The illustrations diversity from the excellent images of Mathew Brady and the well-known sketches of Winslow Homer to dozens of formerly unknown work, drawings, and eye-witness conflict scenes. No past unmarried quantity at the struggle has even approached the value and the colour of this assortment.

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Rank had its privileges. With a shout, Stuart raced after Captain James McIntosh and Lieutenants Lunsford Lomax, David Stanley, and James McIntyre, who had cornered a lone Cheyenne warrior armed with a decrepit Allen revolver. The warrior aimed his weapon at Lomax, and Stuart charged forward and shot the Indian in the thigh. The Cheyenne staggered from the blow. ” Stanley Q-Spr16 1 and 2 Cavalry_Layout 1 1/15/16 12:00 PM Page 35 Saber-wielding Civil War cavalrymen duel to the death over control of an American flag.

At the same time, the dying Indian got off one last round from a foot away. The ball crashed into Stuart’s chest; he reeled in the saddle while his comrades finished off their overmatched foe. The other officers carefully laid Stuart on the ground and rigged up a cover of shade with their sabers and a horse blanket. They were sure he would die—no one could sur- Virginia without adequate cavalry cover as it prepared to fight the largest and most crucial battle of the war. In a sense, the Union victory at Gettysburg was set in motion by Stuart’s unlikely survival on the banks of Solomon’s Fork, Kansas, almost exactly six years earlier.

The plains would be the Army’s field laboratory for weapon testing. To ensure the cavalry had the best possible mounts, the Army paid top dollar for Kentucky-bred horses. At $150 per horse, the price was well above the going market rate, but the War Department spared no expense to get its troopers into the saddle. Horses were divided by type and color 38 among the various companies—grays, roans, sorrels, bays, and browns. The division was designed to encourage company pride and also make the units easily recognizable in the field.

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