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 Posted: Thu Sep 11th, 2008 11:46 pm
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Yeah, Pam,

I have those same perceptions, not sure if they're accurate or something I just came to believe accurate. I have this image of the southern cavalry units rolling the dice for glory and plunder, and the union units being just an extension of the army. A gross simplification, to be sure.

As for Buford, you could argue that he did for Reynolds exactly what Jeb stuart did NOT do for Lee. Buford's actions may have saved the AoP, or at the least made the victory at Gettysburg possible. Stuart's disappearance may have led to Lee's decisions at Gettysburg, which proved disastrous.

The point about the carbines vs repeating rifles is right on, but I  think there are actual functional differences more at the heart of your question. I look forward to learning more on this also. 


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