I'm going on vacation until Sunday so I won't be able to check your responses but I'm looking for information and so it will give everyone time to do some research.
I have this small Civil War encyclopedia that talks about Confederate Colonel Angus MacDonald or McDonald (I've seen different spellings). The book says that he recruited his own company in the lower Shenandoah and "was known for his unorthodox and non-military academy view that tomahawks were better calvary weapons than sabers. MacDonald also favorered other tactics more commonly employed by Plains Indians, such as striking swiftly in small groups, the retiring from the field."
This is a character who I would love to know more about but can't find anything on. Even general searches online yield nothing. I'm sure theres a tid bit about him in Generals in Grey but I don't have the book.
Thanks Texas, that memorial site is pretty good, never knew they had something like that. But I'm not finding substantial information on MacDonald's military operations or his influence on the war, if he had any at all. Most of the websites that have his name in it usually just mention his name in some passing instance. Apparently he was under Ashby's command. But I will keep looking; the sites you gave me are a great head start, I've already learned a little bit why he favorered Indian tactics. Thanks again.
Actually, it was Turner Ashby who was under COL McDonald's command early in the war.
COL McDonald formed the 7th Virginia Cavalry. He saw the potential of then Captain Ashby, and wanted him in his command. It was by his recommendation that General J.E. Johnston promoted Ashby two grades to lieutenant colonel in June of 1861. The troops then commanded by Ashby were incorporated into the 7th Virginia Cavalry.
COL McDonald was very elderly for a commander in the field (62 at this time), and he suffered from ill health during the war. When he was forced to leave the regiment early in 1862, Ashby became the regimental commander. (March of 1862).
Turner Ashby was promoted to brigadier general two months later, in spite of the opposition of Thomas J. Jackson. Unfortunately, he was killed less than two weeks after that (perhaps by friendly fire), and never saw his promotion confirmed.