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The Wilderness Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807823347

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher

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Union Cavalry in the Wilderness

Union Cavalry in the Wilderness

The education of Philip H. Sheridan and James H. Wilson

(p.106) Union Cavalry in the Wilderness
The Wilderness Campaign

Gordon C. Rhea

University of North Carolina Press

The winter and spring of 1864 brought new faces to top positions in the Army of the Potomac's mounted arm. Philip H. Sheridan, who had forged a successful record as an infantry division commander in the Western Theater, replaced Alfred Pleasonton in charge of the Cavalry Corps, and James Harrison Wilson took over one of the three divisions in the corps. Although considerable renown lay ahead for both men, this chapter demonstrates that they failed badly in their assigned roles at the Wilderness. Together Sheridan and Wilson committed enough errors to compromise the entire Union effort.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, Army of the Potomac, high command, cavalry, Union

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