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During the Civil War, the "mounted soldiers" achieved more in the way of scouting and raiding expeditions than it achieved in battle. However, by 1864, a more effective use was starting to be found for cavalry. Horse soldiers began to make an impact on the operations of the infantry by combining mounted action with fighting on foot. During the siege of Petersburg, this combined impact of infantry and cavalry became a war-winning tactical method. If you were an cavalryman during the Civil War, what would your life have been like? Soldiers tell you in their own words.

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Depot Field Hospital

The Depot Field Hospital, which was located in City Point, Virginia, (present day Hopewell) was the largest field hospital for Union or Southern troops during the Civil War. (Petersburg National Battlefield)