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There was no indication of panic. The broken files marched back in steady step. The effort was nobly made and failed from the blows that could not be fended… James Longstreet

The last book we reviewed here puported to be part of the secret history of Gettysburg that was so full of the author’s subjective opinions that it bore the same resemblance to history that a Gore Vidal novel does – which a British critic characterized as, “Devoid of interest in anything human, the writer’s voice oppresses because there is nothing to them except concealed boasting.”

Longacre on the other hand seems to be a legitimate historian and his  study is a much-needed, long overdue piece of the complex mosaic which makes up the Gettysburg story and adds an important perspective to one’s understanding of this critical military operation.

A soldier of the Confederate Cavalry

The cavalry at Appomattox : a tactical study of mounted operations during the Civil War’s climactic campaign Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c 2003 Edward G. Longacre History Civil War, 1861-1865 Cavalry operations Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xv, 272 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-259) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG  

Soldier in union corporal’s uniform and 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry

For cavalry  enthusiasts, this book has analysis, details, judgements, personality profiles, and evaluations and combat descriptions, even down to the squadron and company levels. The mounted operations of the campaign from organizational, strategic, and tactical viewpoints are examined thoroughly. The author’s graphic recountings of the Virginia fights at Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, the Pennsylvania encounters at Hanover, Hunterstown, Gettysburg, and Fairfield, and finally the retreat to Virginia, are the finest under a single cover. The thunder of hoofbeats, the clang of sabers, and the crack of pistols and carbines where generals and privates share the pages, as the mounted opponents parry and thrust across hundreds of miles of territory from June 9 to July 14, 1863.

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