John Hunt Morgan of the Confederate Cavalry Surrenders

I don't want to get to into the history of the automobile, because, if truth be told, I just don't care.  But, I do know cars were not around during the Civil War.  Those soldiers had to walk or ride horse-back everywhere they wanted to go.

I am pretty dependent on my car, I couldn't image how I would have made it across the country the three times that I have if I had to take the train, walk or ride a stagecoach or on horse-back.  I can't imagine what it must have been like to not even KNOW OF cars.

I did have a horse when I was in my teens though.  I can imagine what it might have been like to ride him everywhere.  But entering into battle on his back?  I admit, that is beyond my imagination.  I once rode a rather high-spirited Palomino that took off with me at a full-on gallop of five thousand miles an hour, I can not even begin to conjure in my mind what it would have been like to have been riding that fast with the enemy charging me with bullets and swords flying every which way.

I read something this morning (on wikipedia) about how if you were in the Cavalry you had to furnish your own horse and if it became lame or was killed you had 60 days to go home and get another and return to camp, or you'd be "demoted" to the infantry.  You had better have hoped that you could even make it home and once you got there that your home and stables weren't pillaged in your absence… and then that you could make it back to camp without being captured or killed.

And what it must have taken to feed, saddle, bridle and shoe all of those horses, not to mention all of the mucking out that must have been done.

But it's that unfortunate ride on that Palomino that gives me my present day appreciation for what it took to be in the Cavalry.

Which brings me back to my point, The Confederate Cavalry.

It was on this day, July 26, 1863, that John Hunt Morgan surrendered to Union troops after his unsuccessful foray into Southern Indiana and Ohio, known as "Morgan's Raid".

I really have to make a better habit of bookmarking things, I know I just saw a movie or a video recently about Morgan's ride into Ohio, I really wish I could recall what it was so I could share it with you.  It's maddening because I can vividly see a particular scene where "they" are looking at the map of the proposed ride…

And I know I either read or saw something about his escape from prison after being captured.  I am not helpful at all, I know….

I do recall a great juvenile fiction series book I read by Byron A. Dunn called Raiding with Morgan.  It was a very enjoyable read and I recommend it highly.

I'll let you know when I find that video clip….

Photo of Morgan's Raid map used withOUT permission from strattonhouse.com.

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