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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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Brig. General Frederick Winthrop

Union Brevet Brigadier General Frederick Winthrop was Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Winthrop's sixth great-grandson. Winthrop was mortally wounded at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865. (Petersburg National Battlefield)