Cavalry in the Civil War

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In The American Civil War Cavalry was a branch of the army that was on horseback. The soldiers on these horses carried pistols, and sabers as their weapons. Cavalry were very important in the Civil war and they had certain missions they were to carry out during the time of war. They were mostly used for delaying enemy attacks, relaying information, and harassing defeated enemy troops. In the war the Confederate cavalry regiments had an advantage over the Union cavalry regiments simply because Southerners were much better horsemen then Northerners. This was because Horses were much more heavily used in the south then the north because the south was a lot less industrialized and did not have as good of a road system.
A Calvary soldier
A Calvary soldier

Online sources:
"Calvary in The American Civil War." Wikipedia. 25 May 2009 <>.
"The Calvary." Rantings of a Civil War Historian. 25 May 2009

Image source:
Calvary Soldier. 26 May 2009 <>.