By Samuel J. Martin
Nicknamed 'Kill-Cavalry' as a result of strangely excessive casualty cost between his males, cavalry commander Hugh Judson Kilpatrick was once additionally the main infamous scoundrel within the Union military. Kilpatrick lied, thieved, and whored his means throughout the Civil battle, but controlled to achieve the celebrities of an immense normal. yet regardless of his faults - or even as a result of them - he's a desirable personality. This tremendously well-researched biography (all the extra impressive on condition that Kilpatrick's daughter destroyed all her father's papers after his demise) profiles the most fascinating squaddies to ever put on Union blue.
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When they saw a chance to make a fortune from the Civil War, Hiram C. Hull and William D. McPherson formed a partnership as sutlers for the Harris Light Cavalry. Hull would be the on-site manager; McPherson supplied the money. Their initial venture was a contract, negotiated with Kilpatrick, to sell the regiment one hundred horses. "I paid Lieut. . . " 23 This illicit pact, no doubt demanded by Kilpatrick, was only the first of many that would eventually send him to jail. On 20 November 1861 McClellan conducted a grand review of his army for Lincoln, members of his cabinet, and assorted dignitaries.
23 This illicit pact, no doubt demanded by Kilpatrick, was only the first of many that would eventually send him to jail. On 20 November 1861 McClellan conducted a grand review of his army for Lincoln, members of his cabinet, and assorted dignitaries. Kilpatrick's regiment, judged the best trained in all the cavalry, was given the prime roleto mount a mock charge at the end of the program. 25 The members met to weed out officers they judged incapable of their rank. 26 Kilpatrick was fortunate that these honors were granted before he conducted his second review, which turned out to be a disaster.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress. She also wrote down at Kilpatrick's dictation his report of the battle. "We found the enemy with about from three to five thousand men posted in a strong position," he asserted, a gross exaggeration of the Confederate force. "Captains Winslow, Bartlett, and myself charged with our commands in front. . everything promised a speedy victory, when we were ordered to fall back. " 35 His description of the skirmish was untrue, but the lies could have been even worse.
Kill-Cavalry: The Life of Union General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick by Samuel J. Martin