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    Default The Horses of War - NY Times blog

    This blog entry about the role of horses in the Civil War appeared in the NY Times site recently.

    It states that the South's early successes in the war were due to better cavalry units and riding skills, and that the tables only turned once the Union cavalry was sufficiently trained. Just thought I'd share.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...horses-of-war/



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sukey1971 View Post
    This blog entry about the role of horses in the Civil War appeared in the NY Times site recently.

    It states that the South's early successes in the war were due to better cavalry units and riding skills, and that the tables only turned once the Union cavalry was sufficiently trained. Just thought I'd share.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...horses-of-war/
    The article repeats most of the commonly known truths, myths, and legends about the ACW. It's not exactly a "scholarly" piece.

    One gross error is to describe CSA cavalry as a "rich man's" service. It's true that the Confederate cavalryman provided his own mount.* But that arm was less a "rich man's" enclave that a mounted "yeomanry" similar to what might have been found in England at the time. The soldier had to be rich enough to own a good saddle horse but such ownership was common among the small freeholders or workers across the South.

    G.

    *If the horse were lost in the line of duty the soldier would either be paid for the horse or the government would supply a replacement.
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    The North won b/c we rode Morgans.

    end of story.


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    I was taught in college that the North won the war because Kentucky sided with the North. The horses made the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryswyn View Post
    I was taught in college that the North won the war because Kentucky sided with the North. The horses made the difference.
    It really had nothing to do with Morgans or KY. At least "horse wise speaking."

    KY was, in fact, a "border state" and occupied by Union forces. They were able to stabilize the political climate to get a "Unionist" government elected. There was also a Confederate oriented state government. But they didn't have the force necessary to maintain themselves in power.

    In reality the vast bulk of horses and mules used during the ACW were in drayage. They pulled guns, caissons, wagons, ambulances, etc.

    Horse wastage during the War was large. So were "operational losses."

    Cavalry was an important arm but in those days battles were won by infantry and artillery. Both needed large numbers of horses but for purposes different from cavalry.

    G.
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