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Civil War Trust

Part 2 - Cavalry

The Battle for Harmony Mills

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Your horse shies suddenly and you nearly tumble to the ground as a Napoleon ball crashes into the dirt near you.  You manage to draw rein and whisper a few choice reassurances before another round whooshes by your head.  Are these foolish shots coming from your own guns?  They are undershooting the enemy by a considerable margin.

Your men are whooping and yelling now.  The enemy cavalry is retreating, firing last shots and wheeling horses back into the trees, moving behind the infantry.  You hear a groan beside you and look down.  One of your troopers is on the ground, a bullet in his thigh.  He is very pale.  He will die soon.

Several more are already dead.  Still more have been taken to the rear with severe wounds.  You have perhaps one hundred and fifty men left.  The enemy infantry is not retreating. 

In your estimation, a little more than two hundred yards separate you from the woods that hold the enemy.  You could order a charge and attempt to drive the whole lot from the field before the battle grows any further.  Or you could withdraw and reconnect with your own infantry. 

A.    “Charge!”
B.    “Fall back, men!”

Hint: The rifled muskets carried by most Civil War infantrymen were accurate at long range and relatively quick to reload, allowing a trained operator to fire three shots per minute. Cavalry charges were very costly in the face of such firepower.

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