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 Posted: Mon Mar 19th, 2012 12:51 pm
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Hellcat, in regards to carrying the pike, I agree with you. In fact, I can point to enlistment ads in several Southern newspapers (spring 1862) that encourage men to enlist in already existing Confederate regiments because new regiments "will likely be armed with pikes." The pike was seen as an effective weapon for untrained men and as a weapon of last resort. Its chief advantage was that it was cheap and did not require logistical support. I disagree about the lance though. Men growing up in the 1830s and 1840s loved reading tales of Napoleon from Sir Walter Scott and other romantic authors. Napoleon's lancers were seen as some of his more colorful and effective units. Hunting was just that-hunting. The real test of courage for men was in battle.

"The lance being new and highly burnished, the scarlet pennon bright and attractive, the new uniforms all combined to render [the regiment] a brilliant and imposing pageant." SGT Thomas Smith, 6th PA Cavalry

"In a regular charge, the lance offers great advantages." General Henry Halleck

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