Ben Grierson rating

FPT

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Among union mounted forces commanders where should Grierson rank?
His 1863 Mississippi raid was a total success and, with the exception of Brice's Cross Roads, his CW career appears to be solid. He was, however, not a West Point graduate which probably eliminated him from the positions given to George Stoneman and Judson Kilpatrick.
 

bayouace

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I like him. He served well, not perfectly, but very competently. Certainly The Raid was his masterpiece, but his post-war command of the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers was solid as well. Sheridan did not like him, and so that limited him in the Indian Wars, but his water hole strategy in Victorio's War forced Victorio back into Mexico where Victorio was killed.
 

Irishtom29

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As stated above Grierson thwarted Victorio and during Sherman's tense confrontation with hostile Kiowas on Grierson's porch at Fort Sill Grierson jumped on Lone Wolf and prevented him from shooting Uncle Billy.
 

bayouace

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As stated above Grierson thwarted Victorio and during Sherman's tense confrontation with hostile Kiowas on Grierson's porch at Fort Sill Grierson jumped on Lone Wolf and prevented him from shooting Uncle Billy.
I forgot that one. Sherman also dodged death at the hands of Kiowas in his journey to Ft. Richardson, I think. They watched him pass, but did not attack based on a medicine man's advice. A day or so later they attacked supply wagons and killed all the drivers.
 
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Eric Wittenberg

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Columbus, OH
You're one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to the Union cavalry so I'd be interested in who you put in the top 10. No need to rank them.
I will rank them. These are ranked as brigade commanders only:

1. Robert H. G. Minty
2. John Buford
3. Wade Hampton
4. George A. Custer
5. Benjamin Grierson
6. William H. F. Lee
7. Wesley Merritt
8. Thomas C. Devin
9. William E. "Grumble" Jones
10. John B. McIntosh
 

PJO

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I will rank them. These are ranked as brigade commanders only:

1. Robert H. G. Minty
2. John Buford
3. Wade Hampton
4. George A. Custer
5. Benjamin Grierson
6. William H. F. Lee
7. Wesley Merritt
8. Thomas C. Devin
9. William E. "Grumble" Jones
10. John B. McIntosh
Hello Eric: Minty was a top-notch cavalry commander who deserved promotion but was denied one except by brevet (many officers considered to be worthless.) IIRC, he went on the blacklist of Edwin M. Stanton, didn't he?
 

Eric Wittenberg

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Keeper of the Scales
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Columbus, OH
Hello Eric: Minty was a top-notch cavalry commander who deserved promotion but was denied one except by brevet (many officers considered to be worthless.) IIRC, he went on the blacklist of Edwin M. Stanton, didn't he?
Correct, which is why he never got promoted to brigadier general.
 

JeffFromSyracuse

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Philly Suburbs
I will rank them. These are ranked as brigade commanders only:

1. Robert H. G. Minty
2. John Buford
3. Wade Hampton
4. George A. Custer
5. Benjamin Grierson
6. William H. F. Lee
7. Wesley Merritt
8. Thomas C. Devin
9. William E. "Grumble" Jones
10. John B. McIntosh
Does Wilder come close? Or does he not fit the bill since he was technically infantry?
 
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