The Cavalry of the American Civil War
For most of the Civil War, the role of cavalry was limited to reconnaissance and screening infantry movements.
But at the Battle of Yellow Tavern (Virginia) on May 11, 1864, a mounted federal force defeated the legendary rebel cavalry of J.E.B. Stuart, who was mortally wounded and died a day later. The North realized that cavalry could be an essential offensive tool.
Observing the 150th anniversary of the battle, Louis DiMarco of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the role of mounted combat in the Civil War.
Co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.