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Failure in the Saddle

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Despite the brutal nature of the Civil War, the Confederate cavalry has a storied and generally favourable relationship with its history. However, sometimes the whiff of romance present obscures history. Failure in the Saddle is the first study of its kind to examine the impact of the Confederate Cavalry on the larger Chickamauga campaign.
ebook, 408 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Savas Beatie
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The battle of Chickamauga was one of the most significant battles of the American Civil War and has been the subject of a number of excellent published books. However, the crucial role of the Confederate cavalry has been largely overlooked. I suspect this is because of the difficulty in determining the movements of relativly small individual mounted units whose leaders failed to provide reports immediately after the battle, if at all. I know from personal experience in examining the Official Re ...more
A very interesting look at one of the most critical moments in the Civil War. The Confederate commander, Braxton Bragg has always been considered one of the chief architects in the South's eventual defeat, a man who was uniquely able to alienate and infuriate practically his entire command and who has drawn all but universal condemnation from his contemporaries and every Civil War historian since.

Bragg allowed his forces to be completely outmanuvered from the outset of this campaign, resulting
Braxton Bragg has been heavily criticized for many failures in his campaigns against the Union Army in North Georgia and Tennessee. Among the criticisms has been his failure to seize a number critical moments to crush the Union Army.

David A Powell in "Failure in the Saddle" looks into this failure. He looks at the cavalry arm of Bragg's Army which was responsible for finding the location of the Union Army(Scouting) , fixing the Union Army (means preventing the Union Army from maneuvering) and pr
Mr Powell wrote a well rounded book on the Confederate Cavalry during the Chickamuga Campaign. This book is not for the novice Civil War reader. I found it is more geared to those of us who have spent quality time studying the Civil War.

I do not agree with his assessment of Braxton Bragg at all. The author lays most of the blame for the failure of the Confederate cavalry at the feet of Nathan Bedford Forrest,Joe Wheeler(share more blame than Forrest) and John Pegram.

As I said the book is well ro
Excellent book. Together with "The Maps of Chickamauga", these two are essential reading for understanding the battle better. This is the most in-depth analysis of the campaign from the perspective of the Confederate cavalry & the author has really done the legwork & research to show what happened. I live about 20 minutes from the battlefield & have been visiting & guiding tours there for well over a dozen years. The OOB & driving maps are also extremely helpful.
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