So, I've been reading a bit about the US cavalry in our civil war and the Indian campaigns. I have always been a fan of the cavalry (both Brit and Yank) probably all the dash and sabers evoking childhood notions of glorious charges and elan. Reading now I have a few questions for the learned members of the ARRSE community. 1. By the time our civil war ended in 1865, the US and confederate Cavalry had seemed to be turning away from the saber and focused more on the pistol and carbine as weapons of choice. When, if ever did British units forgo the use of edged weapons? Were cavalry troopers issued pistols and/or carbines before the Boer war? If so when? 2. US Cavalry seemed to act more as dragoons, and dismounted during actual combat in both the civil war and against the plains Indians, the idea of a massed cavalry charge against infantry seems to have died out in US Army thinking early in the civil war, although many mounted engagements occurred in cavalry duels. How did British cavalry operate in the years both before and after the famed charge in the Crimea? 3. I've heard the old comments that the Brits had the best horses and troopers, but that the officers were utter imbeciles (ie the 1960's Charge of the Light Brigade film) how much of this is true? 4. How differently did Indian and British cavalry regiments differ in training, equipment, and tactics? thanks for your insights gents!