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Question: Was swordsmanship important in the American Civil War? Short Answer: No! While, in previous wars, the sabre (a type of sword) was a feared weapon brandished by cavalry; during the Civil War, firearms(pistols) had greater range, accuracy, reliability, and rate of fire. Sabres were slow, and required extremely close quarters. A man on horseback ...


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Generally speaking, swords were not much used during the civil war due to lack of training, lack of quality swords and lack of well-trained horses (plus, of course, improvements in firearms), but there were some notable encounters nonetheless. While swords were used by officers to signal, sometimes for ceremonial saluting and (by infantry with low-quality ...


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Question: What defenses did Lee leave behind when the Army of Northern Virginia left for Gettysburg? Short Answer: Lee never had the troops to safeguard Richmond much less safeguard Richmond and conduct offensive action, such as his invasions into the north (1862, 1863). When Lee took over command of the Army of Northern Virginia(June 1, 1862) Union General ...


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