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    Unsupported charges against lines of infantry.  Before the Civil War, cavalry was often called upon to break an enemy line on its own.  This tactic was devastating in the centuries in which gunpowder technology was still evolving or non-existent--horsemen could thunder across the battlefield and strike before the enemy infantry had a chance to respond.   However, the rifled musket of the 1860s had finally achieved a range, power, and reload speed that allowed infantrymen to take several effective shots at charging cavalry before they arrived.  These volleys could break up and stop an approaching cavalry formation in its tracks.  In response to this technological improvement, commanders on both sides found different uses for their mounted troopers. 

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    Unsupported charges against lines of infantry.  Before the Civil War, cavalry was often called upon to break an enemy line on its own.  This tactic was devastating in the centuries in which gunpowder technology was still evolving or non-existent--horsemen could thunder across the battlefield and strike before the enemy infantry had a chance to respond.   However, the rifled musket of the 1860s had finally achieved a range, power, and reload speed that allowed infantrymen to take several effective shots at charging cavalry before they arrived.  These volleys could break up and stop an approaching cavalry formation in its tracks.  In response to this technological improvement, commanders on both sides found different uses for their mounted troopers. 

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