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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
States had secured independence, cavalry was not at first recognized as a component part of the regular army.
The first mounted regiment, called the First Dragoons, was not organized until 1833.
Then followed the Second Dragoons in 1836, and in 1846 another regiment was added, designated as Mounted Riflemen.
With a vast extent of territory and a population of whites numbering about twenty millions in 1855, the cavalry arm of the service consisted of but three regiments.
General Scott, in hith black, and his eyes of green were truly catlike.
But I saw cats as is cats in Sarassa, while the stage was changing mules.
I stepped around to see Mr. and Mrs. Monod, a French couple with whom I had passed the night when I landed in Texas, in 1846, to join General Wool's army.
Mr. Monod received me with all the shrugs of his nation, and the entrance of madame was foreshadowed by the coming in of her stately cats, with visages grave and tails erect, who preceded, surrounded, and followed he
at the resident population might be made confederate in feeling and his army largely recruited.
General John B. Floyd, who had been President Buchanan's Secretary of War, had been commissioned at Richmond as brigadier general, and had recruited and organized a brigade in southwest Virginia, and in July led it over to the region of the Kanawha.
This was the first field assigned to George B. McClellan by the Federal War Department, an officer of great promise, who, graduating at West Point in 1846, had for his classmates, among others, Burnside and Stonewall Jackson.
He served first in the Engineer Corps, and in 1855 was appointed a captain in the First Cavalry.
His previous military experience had been much the same as Lee's. In 1857 he resigned, to take up railroad work, and when war commenced he was made a major general of Ohio volunteers.
He crossed into northwest Virginia on the 26th of May, he says, of his own volition and without orders.
A portion of his command was under Ge