Thursday, October 2, 2008

Cival War cavalries compared

Richard Deardoff of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society is presenting the program Hartwood Church and Kelly’s Ford: A Comparison of the Cavalries Early in the Civil War at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Bealeton Library.

Mr. Deardoff will discuss how the organization of the Union and Confederate cavalries determined their effectiveness in the first two years of the war. Probably, he says, the nadir of Union performance came over the winter of 1862-1863, most notably with their rout at Hartwood Church.

The re-organization of Yankee troopers by Joseph Hooker would lead directly to their improved performance on St. Patrick's Day 1863 at Kelly's Ford.

The program, which is the first in a series of historical programs being presented by the Southern Fauquier Historical Society at the Bealeton Library, is free. Registration is not required.
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