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RE: [civilwarwest] 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 1 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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