A companion to The 1865 Customs of Service Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers, this volume describes the duties of each commissioned officer rank in the garrison and on the field of battle and reveals lessons learned from the Civil War. It discusses military tactics of armies; administrative duties; special and general staffs; and commanders of companies, regiments, brigades, divisions, and Army corps. Surprisingly accurate forecasts were made on the changed roles of infantry, cavalry, and artillery - as they existed in 1865.
August Kautz (1826-1896) was a Captain in the Sixth U.S. Cavalry and Brig. Gen. of Volunteers during the Civil War. He commanded large cavalry units in the Armies of the Potomac, the Tennessee, and the James. He served for forty years.