Here come the Turkey Drivers!

My oft-writing and research buddy, Eric Wittenberg, has just announced that his newest book, “Rush’s Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War” has just been released.  You can read details on his blog.

The 6th PA was quite a storied regiment of horsemen – early in the war, they carried long, heavy, cumbersome lances that the boys found more of a pain in the ass than a weapon.  They also gave rise to some nicknames for the regiment – “Lancer’s Rushes,” and “Turkey Drivers.”  Despite the guffawing, the bluebloods of the 6th PA turned out to be one of the hardest-hitting and bravest regiments on either side.  Brigaded with the U.S. Army’s Regular Cavalry, no less than Gen. John Buford called them “my seventh regulars.”  Impress Buford, and you were tough indeed.

I was one who edited the book’s manuscript for Eric, and I can tell you that regardless of your primary interests regarding the war, you’ll enjoy this book immensely.  Rush’s Lancers is one of those units that has an amazing story to tell, and no one could do it better than Eric – who grew up near Philadelphia (where most of the regiment was raised) and has collected information on the unit for nearly 15 years.

Buy it and enjoy – and congratulations Eric!

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 12:29 pm  Comments (1)  

The era has passed

In a previous post, I had written about the last surviving horse cavalryman of WWI, Sam Goldberg, 100 years young and still spry as a whip.  Today, Jen DeLuca wrote a comment on that post:

How wonderful that you and so many others recognized Sam’s remarkable history when you did.  Sadly, Sam Goldberg passed away this past weekend.  I happened to find your site and thought I would let you know.  Sam was an amazing individual, sharp as a tack.  In fact, he was an “independent” resident until the very end if you can believe that.  Those of us at the assisted living community where he has spent the last decade plus, are fortunate to have known him and to have heard his many wonderful stories.  Several years ago I, along with a local reporter, interviewed Sam for an article on his role in the Cavalry.  He was 100 years old and yet he remembered dates and names like the back of his hand.  He really was a remarkable human being.

Thank you, Jen, for letting me know.  It sure sounds like Sam would have been a terrific guy to sit down and have a chat with.  As I mentioned in my post, when he dies it will be the end of a certain era – and that end has come.

Rest in peace, Sam, and here’s a kick of the spurs to you.

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 11:35 am  Comments (3)