Reproduction of the original (1862) Cavalry Tactics. To the Adjutant General U.S. Army: “I report that, in obedience to orders, I have prepared regulations for the instruction, formations, and movements of the cavalry of the army and volunteers of the United States. In undertaking this important work I was led to give much consideration to a growing military impression in favor of an important change to a single rank formation. Whilst the conservatism or prejudices of European establishments have slowly yielded, in the infantry arm, to the extent of reducing its formation from six to two ranks, the one great step from tow to one rank in cavalry has not yet been made; but it was tested very successfully in the war in Portugal in 1833-’34 in a British legion. I found that it greatly simplified all cavalry movements; a great recommendation,-but especially in view of our national policy; it would go far toward lessening the difficulties, by many considered insuperable, of the efficient instruction of volunteer cavalry in a period of actual war. Prejudices of my own against the change were overcome. Adopting then, the single rank formation, my work of revision became one of construction; and I have freely chosen when I judged to be the best points in the systems of France, Russia, Prussia, Austria, and England. I have added to all. The work will be found to amplify the old range of movements, whilst its simplicity renders it less voluminous. In the decisive action of cavalry the rear rank, under another name, will be screened from much of the enemy’s fire; will be reserved from the confusion which even success throws into the front rank; but that rank defeated, it not only escapes being involved, but is close at hand to profit by the impression which may have been made on the enemy. My confidence in a single rank system is further strengthened by its recommendation in the able work of Captain Geo. B. McClellan, and by which I have been much assisted.” – Col. Geo. Cook, 2nd Dragoons.
Soft cover, 4-1/8″x5-1/4″, 218 pages. Reprint, originally published in 1862 in Philadelphia by J.B. Lippincott & Company.