what was the point of keeping cavalry with spears and swords in 19th century?

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Answer #1 | 05/01 2014 11:58
Calvary existed into the 20th century, Calvary saw action in the First World War though I suspect they were armed with firearms rather than spears. Up to about the middle of the 19th century, firearms were slow to reload. Modern cartridges and rear loading rifles didn't start to come into existence until about the mid 1800s. During the US civil war, the front loading rifle was the most common weapon. Trying to load one of those on horseback would have been difficult especially during a battle so spears and swords would have provided you with weapons after you fired what firearms you had.
Answer #2 | 05/01 2014 12:06
Once hand to hand combat began between cavalries the sword was an extension of the hand - and whoever used the sword most effectively won the battle. It was a "boxing match" with swords.
Answer #3 | 05/01 2014 23:03
Because senior army commanders were often ex cavalrymen (for example Britain's Haig in WW1) and were far too hidebound and narrowminded to appreciate that the cavalry charge was out of date.Haig spoke out strongly against the decision of the British army to discontinue the use of the lance as the primary cavalry weapon in 1921. Cavalry was the glamour arm of the military throughout the 19th century,and was seen as the elite,both militarily and socially.As most officers were still from the aristocracy,and cavalry was still traditionally the military arm of the aristocracy,there was a lot of entrenched inertia that prevented modernization of,and reduction in numbers of,cavalry units in European armies.

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