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Comparing Cavalry Systems

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: Alexander Hamilton Papers view image
PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
Document Information
Date April 17, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name John De Barth Walbach (primary)
Summary Hamilton instructs Walbach, a native German, to study the cavalry systems of Prussia, France and Great Britain in order to assess which would be the best for use by the United States.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
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Related Persons/Groups John De Barth Walbach; Alexander Hamilton; troop of volunteer horse [cavalry]; ;
Related Places New York;
Keywords elementary evolutions of the cavalry; systems of Prussia, France, and Great Britain; more complicated movements; simple formation into columns and display in line; ;
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April 17th '99
To Lt. Walbach
pg 66 119
New York April 17th 1799
My object is to see exemplified the elementary evolutions of the Cavalry according to the systems of Prussia, France, and Great Britain in order to compare them with each other and select the best. For this purpose I wished you to instruct in those different evolutions a troop of volunteer horses commanded by Col: Capt. Giles. I have spoken to this officer on the subject and I wish you to see him concert a plan to fulfill the above purpose. You will readily understand that I do not wish to extend your attention to the more complicated movements - but to the simple formation into columns and display in line.
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