We all know that the Union cavalry seemed to catch up to their Confederate counterparts at Brandy Station and Gettysburg. But my question is did the Union cavalry in the western theater ever catch up to their counterparts? I live in Arkansas and have studdied that theater and in my opinion neither side used their cavalry well. Although the Confederates seemed to have the better commanders.
Yes and no, depends on what unit and where. Forrest was Forrest but Wheeler, as one example, got his heiny handed to him a couple times. Greirson's raid, Wilson's Selma campaign etc.
In a lot of ways it was two different wars, the fighting in the East w/ the AoP & ANV then the fighting out west. A whole different environment and a different class of soldiers IMO, on both sides. As an an example compare the fighting around Atlanta to anything in the eastern theatre or the Red River Campaign and Banks Grand Retreat. Or if you want to have a lot of fun follow AJ Smith's Division on a map after they left the AoT. Nobody in the eastern theatre even remotely compares to that kind of marching by "foot cav." And also one cannot overlook the actions against the Native Americans in the "Dakota Uprising."