Excerpt from The Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry in the Closing Scenes of the War for the Maintenance of the Union: From Richmond to Appomattox
The life of the American Cavalry is almost coeval with that of the American people. Laws were passed. For the formation of a mounted fo... rce in 1648. When the colony of Massachusetts Bay had not yet attained its majority. Twenty - seven years later, in 1675, when the war with Metacomet (king Philip) broke out there were five troops of cavalry. Which in point of equipment, discipline and appearance. Had received the commendation of European officers who had' seen them.
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