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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
goons, 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 his report of the operations of the army for 1853, first urged that the army be increased by two regiments of dragoons and two regiments of infantry.
The followiierce and Jefferson Davis was the ultimate conquest of the island of Cuba.
These views seem to have made an impression upon some sections of the country.
The Comte de Paris adopted them in his History of the Civil War in America.
He says: In 1855 Congress passed a law authorizing the formation of two new regiments of cavalry, and Mr. Jefferson Davis, then Secretary of War, took advantage of the fact that they had not been designated by the title of dragoons to treat them as a different arm
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 General Cox on the Kanawha.
In McClellan's immediate front was a Confederate force under General Robert S. Garnett, who had