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From These Honored DeadHistorical Archaeology of the American Civil War$
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Clarence R. Geier, Douglas D. Scott, and Lawrence E. Babits

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049441

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049441.001.0001

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Issues of Horse and Mule Logistics in the Civil War

Issues of Horse and Mule Logistics in the Civil War

(p.177) 11 Issues of Horse and Mule Logistics in the Civil War
From These Honored Dead

Matthew Reeves

University Press of Florida

Civil War historiography is surprisingly lacking in practical details on mounted organizations. There are excellent tactical studies and regimental histories, but very little has been written about animal procurement, veterinary service, and administrative support in the field. Both sides handled large cavalry and horse artillery formations during the war. These units, like all others, spent considerable time in camps and depots as well as on field operations. The procurement, distribution, and care of horses and mules, and the imprint their organizations made in field and garrison, need to be understood more clearly so that we may better recognize them. This chapter looks at 19th-century American and European livestock operations to consider administrative procedures, field operations, and aspects of animal care that might have left physical evidence for archaeology.

Keywords:   animal procurement, veterinary service, livestock, horse, mule, cavalry, livestock distribution

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