This is the first scholarly history of the only regular army cavalry regiment raised during the Civil War. Unlike volunteer regiments raised by individual states, the regular regiments drew soldiers from across the country. Although actively recruited in four states, by war's end 2,130 men and at least one woman from 29 states and 14 countries served in the 6th U.S. Cavalry. The regiment's initial cast of officers included two grandsons of a former president, a cousin of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, two cousins of the governor of Pennsylvania, the son of a Radical Republican senator who opposed President Lincoln, and a number of enlisted soldiers promoted from the ranks. Several of the regiment's officers wore generals' stars before the end of the war, and two enlisted men earned the Medal of Honor. The book relies heavily upon primary sources to tell the regiment's story in the words of the participants. These include dairies and letters of officers and enlisted soldiers alike, several of which are previously unpublished. Official reports are excerpted when appropriate to provide the commander's view of the regiment's performance.
Retired Army cavalry officer, Donald C. Caughey has taught military science at the College of William and Mary and Colorado School of Mines. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jimmy J. Jones is an active duty cavalry officer as well as a professional genealogist, who has served two tours of duty in the 6th U.S. Cavalry. His history of the 6th Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry's most recent deployment to Afghanistan led to its selection for the LTG Ellis D. Parker Award (Combat Category) and the AAAA Best Aviation Unit of the Year for 2011. He lives in Aurora, Colorado.