"My men are ragged. Many have neither
overcoats nor blankets, and numbers are obliged to shiver on picket, clad
in tattered remnants of Jacket and Pantalons."
- Captain Zimmerman Davis, 5th South Carolina Cavalry
Both infantry and cavalry soldiers suffered from the elements as well during the nearly ten-month siege. While Union soldiers enjoyed a greater supply of equipment and rations than their Confederate counterparts, both endured the heat of summer, the frost of winter, and the difficulty of traveling through the mud-bogged roads of spring. Particularly, as the major cavalry engagement unfolded in the last days of the Siege, proper equipment was critical to the mobility of cavalrymen to carry out their orders.
"The trooper has his carbine to care for and keep in order ..., and in addition to this he has his revolver, sabre, and horse equipments to keep in order and his horse to water, feed and groom every day, and the soldier who enlists in the cavalry service ... will soon learn, to his sorrow, that he has been laboring under a grievous mistake."
- 1st Ohio Cavalry