11 February 2015 by Published in: Union Cavalry 1 comment

Photo31012Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ailken, South Carolina, wherein the still-feisty Confederate cavalry of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler set a trap for, and nearly destroyed a brigade of, Judson Kilpatrick’s 3rd Cavalry Division. Kil himself barely escaped being captured. As a long-time student of Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign, this small but important battle has always fascinated me. It only lasted a few minutes, or I would have done something substantive with it years ago as a companion to my study of the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads.

My friend Craig Swain has an excellent post on the Battle of Aiken on his blog, which I commend to you.

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  1. Daniel
    Thu 12th Feb 2015 at 8:18 pm

    There’s an important life lesson here, Eric. I’m sure of it.

    I tell the children that history is loaded with lessons that we can apply to our own lives; that we cannot understand today or tomorrow without understanding history.

    I tell them that history is the key to real knowledge. They look at me with skeptical disproving glances, then quickly go back to their iphones.

    The lesson is this: Kids, even when you win, you still lose.


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