Sunday, January 3, 2016

Booknotes: The First Georgia Cavalry in the Civil War

New Arrival:

The First Georgia Cavalry in the Civil War: A History and Roster by Michael Bowers Cavender (McFarland, 2015).

Raised in 1861 by James J. Morrison, the 1st Georgia Cavalry saw action largely in Kentucky and East Tennessee during the first half of the war. The regiment was present at Stones River, Chickamauga, and later the Atlanta, March to the Sea, and Carolinas campaigns. There are no maps in the volume and the source depth and range appears fairly limited (for the field service chapters, lots of O.R. references followed by long series of ibid in the endnotes). The regimental roster looks quite useful, as it "includes more than 1,600 names with details of service provided, along with pre-war service, death and burial information in some cases."

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