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

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Eric J. Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author. An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg is the author of many articles and the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on Civil War cavalry subjects, including The Battle of Monroe s Crossroads and the Civil War s Final Campaign; Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg; and One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Susan.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160325
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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