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Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War Hardcover – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160325
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Wittenberg is an author of several acclaimed books on the subject of the American Civil War.

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Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning Civil War historian. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Wittenberg focuses on Civil War cavalry operations. He is the author of more than 15 published books. He was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a practicing attorney (someday, he might even get it right and get to stop practicing!). Wittenberg is a member of the Governor of Ohio's Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and also serves as the vice president of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation. He, his wife Susan, and their two silly golden retrievers live in Columbus, Ohio.

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I am pleased that an author with Wittenberg's skill was equal to the task.
Mitchell E. McGlynn
This is one of the best cavalry regimentals I have read. it was obviuosly a labour of love for the author.
James P. Mccorry
This allows for an intelligent development of the story making an easy enjoyable read.
James W. Durney

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell E. McGlynn on January 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Long a fan of Eric Wittenberg's writing, I believe this is among his finest work- and deserves 5 stars. In all other respects I agree with the previous reviewer's comments.

As a fan and student of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, I can attest to the enormous amount of research and original material that went into this book. I believe the combat experiences and hardships of this single regiment- delivered with many firsthand accounts- gives the reader the best possible insight into the life of a first class horse soldier and the war going on around him. Rush's Lancers performed at a level far above the average calvary regiment, and their full story needed to be told. I am pleased that an author with Wittenberg's skill was equal to the task.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2007
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Regimental histories require a great deal of an author. There is the temptation to get lost in the details of daily life and produce a 19th Century soap opera. This is a history of personal hope, disappointment, unrequited love, lust and ambition that wears most readers out. Regiments have a limited view of major battles, producing a limited view of the war raging around them. Fewer still, actually have a defining moment around which the author can build the story. An author that accepts these challenges must love the regiment. This produces a new set of problems as the author may expect the reader to share their passion and be unwilling to produce a "warts n all" history. In these cases, the glass is always half full until the reader tires of how great they were statements. The brigade is becoming the unit history currently in favor. Being the operational unit on the battlefield, the brigade is more involved, more likely to see major action and reach that defining moment. Civil War readers have been blessed by the publication of a number of good brigade histories.

I approached this book with turpitude. Following Wittenberg's work, I know this is "his regiment" and worried he might lose some of his critical eye. I feared the book would get lost in daily life, politics of regimental elections and details of horsemanship. I was unsure if cavalry regiment would have sufficient battles to make an interesting book. My fears all prove groundless.

The regiment/brigade problem is solved by always placing the regiment within the brigade. The result is a detailed account of the regiment's fighting within an account of the brigade's action. This keeps the reader in the battle without losing the contribution made by the regiment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James P. Mccorry on February 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best cavalry regimentals I have read. it was obviuosly a labour of love for the author. The research is sound and the story is well told. You can hear bugles blow and sabers clash in each chapter.
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Civil War historian and author Eric J. Wittenberg has written an outstanding history of the famed 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment. "Rush's Lancers" by Mr. Wittenberg is the history of this famous regiment made up of Philadelphia's noble sons. The men (many from the upper crust of Philadelphia society) earned their fame for the many campaigns and battles they partook as part of the Army of the Potomac from 1862 to the end of the Civil War in 1865. First formed during the American Revolution as part of General George Washington's personal body guard, this regiment at the beginning of the Civil War was equipped at first with antiquated weaponry such as lancers thus there name was made as Rush's Lancers named after Richard H. Rush.
First going into battle in 1862, the regiment was in the thick of many engagements against the Army of Northern Virginia. The regiment traveled many miles in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia and was known for their bravery in battle and being highly trained and proficient in weaponry which served them well at Antietam (Sharpsburg), Gettysburg, and later in the war at Petersburg. After the war some of the officers of the regiment went on to have great careers in the regular army.
Mr. Wittenberg in his thorough research of the regiment tells of the everyday life of the Union Cavalrymen both officer and enlisted, and the tremendous sacrifice these cavalry troopers endured. Some of the cavalrymen would die of disease that spread through many regiments, wounds received in battle, and being killed in action. When the cavalry and infantry units of the Army of Northern Virginia faced the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, they knew they were in for a "tough time" in battle.
This is a complete and thorough history of the regiment from 1862 to 1865.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By edwardo fantastico on September 14, 2011
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this book is exceptional in its detailed content. i am enjoying the reed, the book came to me quickly and is like brand new.thank you so much sincerly ed cavallucci
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