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Replace Cavalry with Mounted Infantry

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  • Liu Paul
    Why didn t they replace Cavalry with Mounted Infantry? Cavalry scouts for the army, so can mounted infantry if they are taught. Cavalry trys to engage and
    Message 1 of 2 , May 1, 2004
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      Why didn't they replace Cavalry with Mounted Infantry? Cavalry scouts for the army, so can mounted infantry if they are taught. Cavalry trys to engage and route enemy cavalry, mounted infantry when engaging cavalry can just get down from their horses and blast the enemy cavalry out of their saddles. Cavalry try to take and hold good ground. Mounted infantry can do that too. So why didn't they replace cavalry with mounted infantry?

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    • Tom Mix
      This was a direction the U.S. Cavalry was moving toward. Gen. John Buford envisioned the cavalry to be a much more offensive force than one limited to
      Message 2 of 2 , May 2, 2004
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        This was a direction the U.S. Cavalry was moving toward. Gen. John
        Buford envisioned the cavalry to be a much more offensive force than one
        limited to scouting, harassing attacks and such. He wanted it to be a
        unit that moved to specific objective, took the objective and held it
        until the more numerous infantry arrived to secure that objective. This
        was perfectly illustrated at Day One of Gettysburg.
        In the West, Wilder's Lightening Brigade was similar. They moved
        rapidly, dismounted, employed repeating rifles to maximize fire power
        and held a position as needed.
        Forrest also saw the cavalry as a much more capable unit than had been
        historically utilized.
        I have often wondered what it would have been like if Buford had lived
        to work with Grant. Both had a visionary approach to tactics and such.
        Tom M.

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Liu Paul [mailto:stupid1961@...]
        Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2004 12:20 AM
        To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [civilwarwest] Replace Cavalry with Mounted Infantry

        Why didn't they replace Cavalry with Mounted Infantry? Cavalry scouts
        for the army, so can mounted infantry if they are taught. Cavalry trys
        to engage and route enemy cavalry, mounted infantry when engaging
        cavalry can just get down from their horses and blast the enemy cavalry
        out of their saddles. Cavalry try to take and hold good ground. Mounted
        infantry can do that too. So why didn't they replace cavalry with
        mounted infantry?

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