By Jay W. Simson

For almost a century and a part such a lot historians of the Civil conflict have authorised the declare by means of accomplice Colonel John S. Mosby that George Armstrong Custer bears the entire guilt linked to the precis executions of six of Mosby's Rangers at entrance Royal, Virginia on September 23, 1864.
This ebook demanding situations that view via a complete examine the occasions of the day and a historical past of the people concerned, contending that Custer used to be now not accountable for those executions, being neither current at the scene nor the starting up officer.

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F. (Rooney) Lee. ” The cavalry, on both sides, was generally well equipped with revolvers. The main difference was in the quality of their shoulder arms, which were mainly used while they were dismounted. Sheridan’s cavalry were armed with either single shot breech loading carbines or repeating rifles or carbines (by this time of the war most of Sheridan’s cavalry were equipped with Spencer repeating rifles or carbines). The Confederate cavalry, while they had a few breech-loaders, were generally armed with muzzle loading carbines or cut down muzzle loading rifles.

Averell simply was not where Sheridan expected to find him, pressing the pursuit of the Confederate troops. Instead Averell was busy collecting what he thought were the spoils of the victory. (What had happened pointed out the major flaw within the Army of the Potomac and its related commands within the Eastern Theatre of Operation — somewhere within the chain of command, someone was always screwing up. Either a commander did not fight with all of his strength, was too slow in his movements, arrived and conducted himself in some other way than he was supposed, ordered, or expected to do.

Sheridan was given the job because Grant realized that Sheridan had something that most other Union generals lacked: a killer’s instinct. However, it was vital that Sheridan not suffer any defeat in the Valley due to the closeness of the election. Therefore, for the first month to six weeks, Sheridan was constrained by instructions from Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Army chief of staff in Washington, on how to conduct the campaign, and thus was unable to bring Early’s army to battle. Finally, in the middle of September, in the course of a meeting with Grant, Sheridan was unleashed from these restrictions and the result was the rapid-fire battles at Winchester and Fisher’s Hill.

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