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 Posted: Tue Jan 23rd, 2007 11:56 pm
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Patty, what I particularly like about Wittenberg's writings is that when he discusses cavalry operations, he very much includes the horses and mules in the story. He brings the suffering and hardship of the mounted troops to life, but also describes what their horses face. 

Frankly I had never given much thought to the horses' plight, but Wittenberg woke me up. I guess I had the romantic idea one gets from movies...valiant cavaliers and their sturdy horses working together in unison. This author makes the life of a cavalry man and his mounts come to life in a vivid way and shows the reader what price was paid for the "glory." Actually there wasn't a lot of glory.

I know I couldn't have done it. One cruel night of standing to horse in knee deep mud and freezing sleet with no food or fire for warmth and I would be finished.

Last edited on Tue Jan 23rd, 2007 11:57 pm by CleburneFan

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