Skidaddled to Safety
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Photograph by Kirsch, Safety Harbor, Florida.
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Infantry men held that you never saw a dead cavalry man because when the battle really was underway they "skidaddled to safety." These Cavarlymen take a rest from action at the Troxler Farm, on the actual Gettysburg battle field. The cavalry were considered the elite of fighting forces. This sentiment was often expressed because the men were off on a mission that did not expose them to front line carnage. As early as the American Revolution the role of cavalry began to be limited to screening and covert action. As firearms posed an increasing threat to mounted troops, the order of battle gave way to the infantry. In modern warfare, the role of shock troops fell from the cavalry onto the infantry; it was the massive wieght of the infantry's firepower that broke the enemy's line of battle, not the headlong rush of the horse cavalry. ---Fritz Kirsch

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