WBritain 17530 Regiments Union Artillery Men American Civil War in near mint condition, 3 figure set. 54mm metal figures. Northern boys who joined the cavalry during the American Civil War were lured by dreams of glory featuring saber charges and swirling horseback melees. Union troopers would earn many honors in America's bloodiest conflict, but the greatest of them did not come from hacking at their Rebel counterparts with gleaming steel blades. Brigadier General John Burford, a tough, no-nonsense West Pointer from Kentucky, helped the Union cavalry discover that its most important roles were reconnaissance and serving as mounted infantry. Although Buford had onlly two of his three brigades present, he decided to try to hold Gettysburg until Major General John F. Reynolds arrived with the left wing of the Union Army of the Potomac. The town was a crossroads, which made it a convenient place to concentrate an army, and the commanding terrain to the west and south was admirably suited for a defensive battle. Just before Burford predicted, the 7,461 Confederate infantry of Major General Henry Heth's division approached Gettysburg just after sunrise on July1. Burford had his 2,900 troopers fight dismounted, 75 percent on the firing line and 25 percent tending to the divisions horses. Though strung out in skirmish lines against infantry fighting elbow to elbow, Burford's men kept up such a brisk fire with their breech-loading cabines that the Rebels concluded their opponents were armed with repeaters. If you have any questions please leave us a message here or call us during the week at 1-800-786-1888 Since 1893 W Britain has been producing military figures with careful attention to detail quality and authenticity. Buy with confidence as we are an official William Britain dealer.