18 February 2008 by Published in: Union Cavalry 2 comments

C. E. Peck of the 15th New York Cavalry, on the role of horse soldiers:

“Cavalry is the whirlwind of war. Batteries thunder and crush – - infantry forms the conflicts, surge and shock, but it is the charge of horse – - a wild erratic horse – - that seems the very tempest of the strife. Half man, half brute, it knows no fear – - an awful swell of carnage and commotion – - a terrible, relentless deluge of trampling hoofs and hewing steel. But as magnificent as are the rush and clash of the cavalry in the crucial moment of a victory, not less of danger, not less of duty, not less of service are in its constant, tireless movements, in the skirmish and the foray, as the blind force of strategy, and guardian of an army.”

Good stuff.

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  1. Mon 18th Feb 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Cavalry rules, infantry drools.

    J.D.

  2. Stephen Keating
    Tue 19th Feb 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Cavalry lends elegance to what would otherwise be a bloody brawl.

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