The Confederate cavalryman was armed like his Federal opponents with sabre, revolver and carbine, at least when supplies of all three were available. However, despite the problem of availability the Southern trooper almost completely abandoned the sabre after the first two years (sooner in the West) and carried two or more revolvers and the carbine, relying on their firepower in a charge. The more irregular units, like Mosbys, also preferred rifles or doublebarrelled muzzle-loading shotguns to carbines; with often four revolvers, two in the belt and two in saddle holsters.

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