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s taken at Brandy Station in February, 1864. The regiment at this time was attached to the Reserve Brigade under General Wesley Merritt. The troopers took part in the first battle of Bull Run, were at the siege of Yorktown, fought at Gaines' Mill and Beverly Ford, served under Merritt on the right at Gettysburg, and did their duty at Yellow Tavern, Trevilian Station, and in the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan; and they were present at Appomattox. condition. The most brilliant exploit was thousands destined to ride under the war-guidons of Sheridan, Stuart, Buford, Pleasonton, Fitzhugh Lee, Stanley, Wilson, Merritt, Gregg, and others — all graduates of the service school of the Plains. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the militarQuartermaster's Department. Stables for six thousand horses Giesboro, D. C.--one of the busiest spots of the war Merritt and Farnsworth menaced the Confederate left and, according to General Law, Battles and leaders of the Civil War. ne
rmerly performed, they were still considered as auxiliaries, to protect the flanks and front of the infantry. On May 7th Grant's army advanced with a view to taking Spotsylvania Court House. Thus was precipitated the cavalry battle at Todd's Tavern, and in part at least Sheridan's earnest desire became fulfilled. The battle was between Hampton's and Fitzhugh Lee's commands of Stuart's cavalry and Gregg's division, assisted by two brigades of Torbert's division under the command of General Merritt. After a severe engagement the Confederate cavalry broke and were pursued almost to Spotsylvania Court House. This photograph shows some of the Federal horses recuperating at Belle Plain Landing before this cavalry engagement on a large scale. The cavalry were in clover here near the tents and ships that meant a good supply of forage. There was no such loafing for horses and men a little later in that decisive year. The Belle Plain cavalry: a closer view. This photograph brin
The Second fought in the reserve Brigade under General Merritt, during the second day of the battle. The leadstrian cavalry on the evening of Sadowa. General Wesley Merritt, U. S. A., one of the ablest cavalry office on July 3, 1863, the reserve cavalry Brigade under Merritt moved up and took position to the left of Kilpatric of the great battle, was severe in the extreme. Merritt's position on the left caused the Confederate genernfederates of Generals Stuart and James B. Gordon. Merritt's brigade first entered Yellow Tavern and secured pthe subsequent demoralizing attack of Averell's and Merritt's cavalry divisions on the Confederate rear, had muurch took place, and it was necessary to put in General Merritt with the Reserve Brigade. The photograph was the Federal cavalry pushed back the flanks. Finally Merritt and Custer ordered a charge along the whole line, a at last the Confederates broke. flanks gave way, Merritt and Custer ordered a charge along their entire line
ure. Next to him is General Forsyth, and General Merritt is seated at the table. General Devin sting over, hand on chin, one foot on a rung of Merritt's chair. Meritt has cast down his eyes and ble for Major-General Wesley Merritt General Merritt did his share toward achieving the momentommand of the cavalry reserve at Gettysburg. Merritt commanded a cavalry division in the Shenandoahis audacity or thwart his purpose. General Wesley Merritt General Wesley Merritt. By LieutenaGeneral Wesley Merritt. By Lieutenant-Colonel Eben swift, Eighth cavalry. From the (March, 1911) Journal of the United States cavalry Association. Merritt was graduated in the class of 1860 at the Military Academy. He was twenty-a friend, I claim nothing for myself; my boys Merritt and Custer did it all. . . . On the disast January, 1899. He died in 1905. Creek, Merritt's division blocked the way of Gordon's victore pursuit to Fisher's Hill. In that campaign Merritt's division captured fourteen battle-flags, tw[3 more...]
-Sheridan was personally directing a movement against the Confederates who were protected by temporary entrenchments about two feet high. The Federal forces, both cavalry and infantry, were suffering from a sharp fire, which caused them to hesitate. Where is my battle-flag? cried Sheridan. Seizing it by the staff, he dashed ahead, followed by his command. The gallant steed leaped the low works and landed the Federal general fairly amid the astonished Southerners. Close behind him came Merritt's cavalrymen in a resistless charge which swept the Confederates backward in confusion. The horse passed a comfortable old age in his master's stable and died in Chicago, in 1878; the lifelike remains are now in the Museum at Governor's Island, N. Y., as a gift from his owner. Two fine horses — the provost-marshal's mounts A couple of examples of the care given to horses at Giesboro. These two serviceable chargers belonged to Colonel George Henry Sharpe, Provost-Marshal of the Army