Thursday, November 21, 2013

Horses and Mules in the Civil War Book Review


 About the Book
Horses and mules served during the Civil War in greater numbers and suffered more casualties than the men of the Union and Confederate armies combined. Using firsthand accounts, the many uses of equines during the war, the methods by which they were obtained, their costs, their suffering on the battlefields and roads, their consumption by soldiers, and racing, mounted music and other themes are all addressed. The book is supplemented by accounts of the "Lightning Mule Brigade," the "Charge of the Mule Brigade," five appendices and 37 illustrations. More than 700 Civil War equines are identified and described with incidental information and identification of their masters.(Goodreads)

 My Review
This book caught my eye because I love history and my husband is a civil war reenactor. That's where they dress up and play the part. Since this something he loves it has become a normal part of our lives and so the research of history on the subject surrounding the civil war is plentiful in our house. This book is unique, as it mainly talks about the horses and mules in the war. The first part of the book is a bit wordy for my taste-my husband read this as well and thought the same. But the great part starts on page 107 which is the Roster of Civil War Equine Veterans. Now this is an alphabetical listing of the horses, their background, riders, and facts. This makes the book worth reading and keeping. Aside from that part the first section I could do without. If you want an excellent listing of the Equine Veterans, this is a great book!

"I received this book from LibrayThing for free in exchange for an honest review."

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