- Series: Stackpole Military Classic
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books (June 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081170114X
- ISBN-13: 978-0811701143
- Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,319,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 1862 US Cavalry Tactics: Instructions, Formations, Manoeuvres (Stackpole Military Classic) Hardcover – June 4, 2004
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Colonel (later Major General) Philip St. George Cooke (1809-1895) was a West Point Class of 1827 graduate and a thirty-year cavalry veteran. Although a Virginian, Cooke remained in federal service during the Civil War, even though his son joined the Confederacy and his daughter was the wife of Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart.
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The horse is the antecedent of several vehicle families today; condsider it a Fighting Vehicle for this volume in order to better understand what your reading in correlation to the modern army and avoid reading this as an historical overview of a deceased corps. Horses had a home in Infantry as they made fine Dragoon Vehicles/Personnel carriers, think present day 11-Ms, mounted in M113 Gavins or M2 Bradleys. They made perfect Scout Carriers, think present day 19-Ds mounted in M113 Gavins, M2 Bradleys, M1151 HMMWVs, MRAPs, Strykers or others. They also served as logistics platforms; think CUCVs, HMMWVs, JLTVs, Jeeps & MRAPs.
Again their primary function for this book seemed to be in the mounted fighting sphere. That is to say that the Cavalryman did not dismount to fight as would the Dragoon or Mounted Infantryman of the day, he carried a sabre & pistol & engaged the enemy close-in from horseback. His job was more along the lines of security than reconnaisance, except on long range patrols for the specific purposes of reconnoitering. Also the Cavalry dominated the battle fields as the Infantry was really just a stop gap measure capable of short ill sustained offensive actions only, in support of Cavalry.
Written for the era of large scale horse mounted maneuver warfare. Absolutely necessary for understanding the operational legacy of modern day mounted maneuver warfare, the evolution of shock warfare (aka Blitzkrieg, aka Shock & Awe), Cavalry Traditions &/or the History of the US; War Between The States, Indian Wars & others.