RE: [civilwarwest] Lancers.
Anyone interested can view some of the lances from the 6th PA at the Civil War Library and Museum on Chestnut St in Philadelphia, if they are still open.
From: NPeters102@... [mailto:NPeters102@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 3:01 PM
Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Lancers.
In a message dated 3/31/2004 2:41:34 PM Eastern Standard Time, lordjim@... writes:
Why were there never lancers or "Uhlans" in the United States Army?
The 6th PA Cavalry, AKA Rush's Lancers, are the only such unit, of which I'm aware, that participated in the American Civil War. For the first two years of the conflict they were equipped with bulky wooden lances. Eric Wittenberg, author & historian of this regiment, writes:
"Unlike most of their comrades in the mounted service, the men of the Sixth Pennsylvania were armed with lances, a weapon which had successfully used in the Mexican War & in Europe. Each man received a nine foot long wooden lance tipped with an eleven inch long steel blade. The lances weighed about 5 pounds & were topped by a scarlet pennant. This weapon proved cumbersome & impractical in the wooded terrain of the eastern seaboard."
Further in your E-mail you wrote:
"This would seem to be especially true in the West, where there was more room for horse mounted troops to maneuver on the battlefield."
Using this type of weapon in the Western Theater might rid us of their impracticality. But they would still be a cumbersome weapon, IMHO.
Very interesting question!