Skip to main content

Civil War Trust

Quiz Question Image
  • Nice work! That's correct!
    Answer:

    Cavalry employed firearms of lighter caliber and shorter range.  The rifled muskets commonly carried by Civil War infantry were not ideal cavalry weapons--they were bulky and nearly impossible to load and fire from the saddle.  In the early years of the war most cavalrymen were equipped with shotguns, pistols, and other close-range but easy to handle weapons.  As the war and technology progressed, however, repeating or breech-loading carbines became more prevalent and dramatically increased cavalry's firepower. 

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    Cavalry employed firearms of lighter caliber and shorter range.  The rifled muskets commonly carried by Civil War infantry were not ideal cavalry weapons--they were bulky and nearly impossible to load and fire from the saddle.  In the early years of the war most cavalrymen were equipped with shotguns, pistols, and other close-range but easy to handle weapons.  As the war and technology progressed, however, repeating or breech-loading carbines became more prevalent and dramatically increased cavalry's firepower. 

Our Sponsors

Powered by Blackbaud
nonprofit software