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|One of the least effective was the cavalry saber. It required close up and personal exposure to be of any use at all. Even worse was the lance.
Eric Wittenberg has written an interesting book for those who enjoy studies of cavalry ops. It is albout Rush's Lancers, a cavalry outfit that early in the war actually did employ long lances, but soon learned they were ineffective in dense woods and similar terrain. They did have some sucessful limited applications, but were not in great use near the end of the war as technology and weaponry advanced and cavalry began to dismount and use carbines, etc.