A Question for Readers

The 1st Maine Cavalry’s Committee on History adopted a policy “that no unpleasant thing should appear relating to the personal record of any comrade,” in the regimental history prepared by Edward Tobie.  Other regimental historians may have followed suit, though I am not aware of another history in which this intention is so clearly stated.  Noble…

Like so many Hell Hounds

A few disclaimers are in order – First, the following has nothing to do with cavalry. Second, I recently mentioned that I will not write book reviews, but that I am happy to acknowledge worthy books.  I recognize some readers may not see the distinction. Third, it is also my intention to leave political commentary…

Decision at Tom’s Brook

I decided early on not to write book reviews on this site.  Other sites are dedicated to that noble task and, as the historians and reviewers at those sites do a terrific job, I will leave the book reviews to them.  I am, however, happy to make readers aware of new books of special merit. William J.…

“Many of these families are suffering”

One of the themes I plan to examine from time to time is the inter-action between the Union cavalry and Southern civilians.  This relationship was, understandably, fractious at best and frequently fraught with danger, for soldier and civilian alike.  All too often the soldiers and non-combatants were verbally and physically abusive toward each other.  Confrontations…