How did the Cavalry Begin?In the summer of 1961, a proposal for the 1st Vermont cavalry was made by Lemuel B. Platt to Governor Fair Banks. However, no state allowed the recruitment of a cavalry divison. Governor Fair Banks declined the idea of a Vermont cavalry. Lemuel B. Platt did not leave his idea untouched, he turned instead to the National Government. The Senator Foot then offered the idea of the cavalry to the Secretary of War. Vermont had high expectations because of the fame of the horses imported from England and because of the men who fought as Vermont troops, so the Secretary of War, Mr. Cameron, granted Lemuel B. Platt the postition of Colonel and gave him the permission to begin the First Vermont Cavarly.