Part 2 - Cavalry
The Battle for Harmony Mills
A deep whoosh passes over your head as the Parrott round soars towards the woods in front you. You look up and see it crash through the high branches. The enemy infantrymen scatter and dive for cover as massive limbs plummet to the forest floor.
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.
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.