The information given under Union Formations again applies. Cavalry was used in every possible way, and met in all combinations from sabre fights between mounted units, to actions with both sides dismounted, and included combinations of both.

The rifled musket with which the infantry were armed meant that en masse they need have little fear of a cavalry sabre charge and, indeed, such charges were met with contempt.

In the west the type of attack preferred often consisted of a blast from a double-barrelled shotgun fired at a full gallop at close range, then closing with revolvers for the mêlée.

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