I’m a little leery of posts forecasting upcoming events, but will try one and see how it turns out. This week I’ll be exploring the roads to war taken by the various regiments from January 1861 to their first battles. I initially didn’t think there would be too much info on the Regulars in 1861 since there were so few battles, but once one starts pulling on a thread….
I’ll continue to look at officer turnover in the other regiments, but each won’t receive the in detail treatment that the 1st/4th did. Preliminary looks show that the dragoon and mounted rifles regiments fared better with resignations than the two cavalry regiments, but this was to be expected given the accusations of preference for southerners in the 1st and 2nd Cavalry.
I’ve also discovered that the first time the Regular cavalry fought together was not on the Peninsula in the McClellan’s Cavalry Reserve, but at Bull Run in a Regular cavalry battalion under Major Innis Palmer. I don’t think there’s a great deal of information there, but we’ll explore what there is. And at the end of the week the first batch of info from the researcher at Carlisle should appear.