- Aug 30, 2019
The Union did just this with Sheridan's cavalry in preparation for the Spr65 Campaign, I thought? My impression is that nearly an entire division was armed with repeaters, and for this reason Lee's retreat from Amelia Courthouse was successfully blocked by only Union cavalry (long enough for the Union infantry to catch up) even though the vanguard of Lee's retreat was being led by Longstreet's Corps of infantry. So, by Spr65 nearly the entire Union cavalry was armed with repeaters, at least in VA. The war ended so quickly that many of them never fired a shot in anger!Aside from cost and ammunition consumption, were there any areas with respect to performance that a Springfield or Enfield was superior to a Henry or Spencer. For instance, were they more accurate in trained hands or significantly more range?
What led me to this question was, I was speculating today. What if the Union raised a sharpshooter brigade and gave them repeaters? Would this just be the most elite unstoppable force in warfare in 1865?