General John Buford: A Military Biography

By: Longacre, Edward

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Hardcover with dust jacket, grey paper over burgundy cloth spine with gilt spine titles, 15.5 by 15.5 by 23.5 cm, 312 pp. Near fine, unread copy with only faint signs of shelf wear. From the publisher: “The film Gettysburg introduced the general public to Union cavalry leader John Buford and his key role on the first day of the battle. No full-length biography of the general has ever been written until now. Civil War cavalry authority Edward Longacre has combed family records, West Point cadet files, and the National Archives to produce what is destined to be a classic American military biography. John Buford showed himself to be a born cavalryman during his cadet years at West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the First United States Dragoons, a unit that combined horsemanship and dismounted actions. Military advancement opportunities in the pre-Civil War era lay in the West, and that is where Buford spent much of his early career. His first real experience of combat came in the Sioux campaign of 1855, which involved the sophisticated combination of flank attacks, cavalry charges, and dismounted firing, and greatly influenced Buford’s later tactics in the Civil War. When Washington was threatened in 1862 after several Union defeats, Buford found himself abruptly promoted to brigadier general and placed in command of a cavalry brigade in the Army of the Potomac. Mainly operating in Virginia, Buford fought a series of engagements at Madison Court House, Verdiersville, Thoroughfare Gap and elsewhere that developed his tactical ability and sharpened the skills of the Union cavalrymen. A year-long rivalry with his Confederate opponent J.E. B. Stuart culminated in the action at Brandy Station on June 9, 1863, the largest cavalry battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. Buford’s true moment of glory came a month later at Gettysburg, when he deployed his cavalrymen to control the approaches to the Pennsylvania crossroads in the face of advancing Confederates. Using tactics from the Indian wars and earlier operations in Virginia, Buford dismounted his men for more accurate fire, remounted them to change position when necessary, and later forced advancing troops to halt with the threat of a massed cavalry charge. Buford was clearly destined for further advancement, but his health declined during the winter of 1863. He died of typhoid fever on December 16, 1863, at the point of being promoted to major general. Although his military career was cut short, his tactics and his admonitions to ‘patrol the roads,’ ‘halt fugitives from the front,’ and ‘fight like the devil’ have been handed down to the U.S. armored and mechanized units that inherited the traditions of his horsemen."

Title: General John Buford: A Military Biography

Author Name: Longacre, Edward

Categories: Civil War,

Edition: first edition

Publisher: Conshohocken, PA, Combined Books, Inc.: 1995

ISBN Number: 0938289462

ISBN Number 13: 9780938289463

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: near fine

Jacket Condition: near fine

Seller ID: 3618