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    Judson Kilpatrick.  Kilpatrick's nickname was not a compliment.  It referred to his tendency to get his own cavalrymen killed in battle.  At Second Manassas and Gettysburg he ordered unsupported cavalry charges that both ended in disaster.  His tactical ineptitude, along with his affinity for gambling and prostitution, made him deeply unpopular throughout the army.  Still, the successes occasioned by his reckless, aggressive style of fighting sustained his career through the end of the war.  When he was transferred to the western theater to participate in the March to the Sea, Sherman is said to have remarked, "I know that Kilpatrick is a hell of a damned fool, but I want just that sort of man to command my cavalry on this expedition."

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    Judson Kilpatrick.  Kilpatrick's nickname was not a compliment.  It referred to his tendency to get his own cavalrymen killed in battle.  At Second Manassas and Gettysburg he ordered unsupported cavalry charges that both ended in disaster.  His tactical ineptitude, along with his affinity for gambling and prostitution, made him deeply unpopular throughout the army.  Still, the successes occasioned by his reckless, aggressive style of fighting sustained his career through the end of the war.  When he was transferred to the western theater to participate in the March to the Sea, Sherman is said to have remarked, "I know that Kilpatrick is a hell of a damned fool, but I want just that sort of man to command my cavalry on this expedition."

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