Civil War era cavalry acted primarily as the eyes of the army, scouting for the location of the enemy and screening the army from enemy scouts. Like infantry they were organized into companies and regiments, and less often as brigades and divisions. They were seldom used in large-scale battles but could be concentrated in larger units for raids into enemy territory.
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