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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811708985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811708982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward G. Longacre is the author of numerous articles and books on the Civil War, including Lincoln's Cavalrymen (0811710491), Army of Amateurs (0811701360), Grant's Cavalryman (0811707121), Pickett: Leader of the Charge, and the Fletcher Pratt Prizewinning The Cavalry at Gettysburg. He currently resides in Newport News, Virginia.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Freeman on December 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
An excellent overall study of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Told generally in a narrative style, the book provides a solid discussion of and evidence for Confederate cavalry dominance in the earlier part of the war. Specific actions are covered--just about all of them, in fact, which means there isn't necessarily room for a lot of detail about every event. Longacre also includes material on the training and daily life of the cavalry. Disadvantages in weaponry and materiel, as compared to the Federals, also get plenty of time.
Longacre gives a balanced picture of Stuart; it's hard to see how a historian of ANV cavalry could avoid writing about their commander for most of their existence, and Longacre offers both praise and criticism, as well as a couple of insightful points. He's not at all a Stuart partisan; in fact, one gets the feeling he would probably rank Hampton first in tactics.
This book offers a sensible account of the Confederate cavalry at (and not at) Gettysburg, and represents a modification of Longacre's view in his earlier book on the subject. In the earlier book Longacre seemed to accept the viewpoint that Stuart "should have" been present, whereas now, perhaps influenced by *Saber and Scapegoat* (which appears in his bibliography), he takes a more positive view.
Longacre is more original, and perhaps more questionable, when he analyzes the tactics of mounted charges. He claims that ANV troopers wanted to fight mounted, but with revolvers and other firearms rather than sabers, and I wish he had provided more supporting quotes, because I've read plenty of primary sources (Gilmor) where sabers are used with glee.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on August 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book read more like the military biography of JEB Stuart's Civil War career then an actual military history of Confederate cavalry under Robert E. Lee. Most of the book seem to be centered around Stuart's activities. Despite of what the other reviewers wrote, the author appears to be pretty sympathetic toward Stuart, running interference for him during Stuart's less then stellar performance during the Gettysburg campaign for example. In most all cases, the author tries to present JEB Stuart in the best of light. Once Stuart died at Yellow Traven in May 1864, the book come to a rather quick end as the remaining 47 pages dealt with what happened after Stuart's death and surrender of the Army of the Northern Virginia. This entire section get rather a short oversight even although it covers 11 months of the war.

The book I thought was well written and nicely researched. Its readable but I thought its not really for first time reader material. Some background reading should be required before reading this book. But as a military history book on Confederate cavalry of Army of Northern Virginia, I don't think this book rank very highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lee's Cavalrymen: A History Of The Mounted Forces Of The Army Of Northern Virginia is an exhaustively researched, superbly presented, "reader friendly" study of the southern calvary troops active in the American Civil War, as well as a welcome and complementary volume to Lincoln's Cavalrymen which presented an intense scrutiny of the cavalry units of the North. Drawing upon the results of an extensive study of newspaper archives, calvary-specific dispatches, letters, diaries, and memoirs of cavalrymen, and more, civil war historian Edward G. Longacre effectively utilizes these core source materials to produce his erudite and fascinating discourse, which is very highly recommended reading for Civil War buffs, students, and researchers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robbieandrose on July 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very informative and probably essential for anyone interested in understanding the cavalry arm of the ANV.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles V. Mauro on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So many books on JEB Stuart et al. A good one to have however.
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