Col. Benjamin ‘Grimes’ Davis at Barbee’s Cross Roads

Col. Benjamin Franklin ‘Grimes’ Davis, 8th New York Cavalry, remains an intriguing figure, largely because he is so elusive.  A Regular Army officer, Davis’s rigid adherence to strict discipline put him at odds with the volunteers who served under him.  One perpetually disgruntled surgeon termed him “a proud tyrannical devil.”  Upon learning that Davis had…

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…