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 Posted: Fri Nov 7th, 2008 11:30 pm
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At first blush, Don, you've already swallowed the camel and are working on the gnat.

There were fine cavalry commanders in the west, but they are generally overshadowed by the worship of one Nathan Bedford Forrest. He wasn't that good and they weren't that bad. Wilson and Hatch showed themselves to be better than adequate students of the art. Grierson wasn't all that shabby. And many other no-names acquitted themselves rather well -- until they are compared to the legendary, indomitable Forrest.

To make a story longer, I think you've stepped off on the wrong foot by assuming that western Union cavalry commanders were, in fact, inferior. They made their mistakes and got their butts handed to them regularly, but that don't make them inferior.

Just a thought.


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