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 Posted: Mon Nov 19th, 2007 09:26 pm
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Well, it took me a while (6 months), but I finally discovered that there really is a discussion board here at CWI.  Prior to this my experience was pretty much limited to This Week in Blogs and the bios section, so I'm greatly looking forward to some discussion.

I'm a grad student, but not yet a history grad student.  Have to finish this one first.  Maybe next fall....  I'm currently adjusting to life back in the Rockies after three years in Virginia.  Keenly observant person that I am, I've already discovered that it takes a LOT longer to get to the battlefields from here. :P 

Like Daniel, my blog's reviewed here at CWI, much to the delight of both of my readers.  Also like Daniel, I run out of new and original topics, so if you have post ideas I'd love to hear them. 



 Posted: Mon Nov 19th, 2007 10:49 pm
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Welcome Don, and remember self-promotion is encouraged and welcomed here, so feel free to post the URL of your blog!



 Posted: Tue Nov 20th, 2007 02:32 am
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Don,

Glad to have you here. Glad you discovered the distance from Colorado to Virginia...makes me feel better about the state of education today!

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Rob



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Rob,

It was driven oh so slowly with a dog and a very pregnant wife. It seemed at times that I made note of every mile. 8^)

There is some Civil War-ness around here, though. Fort Garland, Fort Union, Valverde, Glorietta Pass....



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Javal,

Well, then, in the interest of shameless self-promotion:

http://crossedsabers.blogspot.com



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GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE. YOU CAN FIND SOME PRETTY GOOD DISCUSSIONS HERE.



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Don:

I'll admit up front that I have little interest in regimentals, regular or volunteer. Perhaps even less in cavalry. But your site is fine and a very interesting read. Who knows? You might actually have kindled a tiny flame.

ole;)



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Ole,

There's a little bit of cavalry in everyone, some people just haven't realized it yet. 8^P Generally because they don't realize how many good generals came from the five regiments before the war: Thomas, A.S. Johnston, R.E. Lee, Sedgwick, Kirby Smith, Stuart, etc.

Even those disinterested in the cavalry stop occasionally for the bios, and I've been trying to post those more often --- at least once a week.



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Have not read a single Blog in my life but a Blog Dedicated to Cav. now that is cool and a new addition to my favorites man that civil war folder is growing. LOL so many sites and books so little time.



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Younglobo, if it's cav you're interested in, then I would have to highly recommend Rantings of a Civil War Historian and Hoofbeats and Cold Steel.  The links are in the links section on the left of my homepage.  Eric and JD both write better than I do and are much more knowledgeable on Civil War cavalry in general.  I think you'll really enjoy them and learn a bit in the process.



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Don
Saw that one on the list on your site thanks for the info.

So in your opinion who is the greatest cav. Gen. during the war ?



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I have several favorites, but you'll have to qualify your question a little for me to answer that one. Greatest geenral in terms of what? Win-loss record? Overall accomplishments? Best use of forces at hand?

I don't ask this to be difficult, but because in terms of the above three questions I think there are three different answers.

I need to think about this one a bit. Stuart did great things before logistical difficulties began to hinder him. Sheridan was a great general, but I'm undecided about whether or not he was a great cavalry general. Forrest fought well, but how effective was he in the end, other than a big victory at Brice's Crossroads? Wilson and others did some impressive things during the Atlanta campaign (Sherman's Horsemen, incidentally, is an excellent book on cavalry, and very affordable on Amazon). Hampton and Fitz Lee were no slouches.

Buford's a favorite, but we serned in the same regiment, so I admit a good deal of bias. 8^)

Hmm, this might be a good blog topic and get answers from the field....



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I would lump all three of your questions together. Plus if you have a quiet day who is your favorite to read up on?



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This is beginning to sound like a thread that should be moved elsewhere. Younglobo, after taking a day to think about it, I don't have an answer for your last question.

In gathering information the last few months, I've delved extensively into the Cullum biographies (West Pointers), the Henry biographies (non-West Point officer appointees, both volunteers and appointments from the ranks, Heitman's historical army register and Powell's biographies to gather facts on all of the officers from just one of the six regular cavalry regiments. Having nearly completed said endeavor (still trying to find a couple of pesky assistant surgeons), I spend quiet hours trying to piece the couple of hundred pages of text into coherent biographies.

At this point, I don't know that I have a favorite.



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