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Meet the Civil War Soldiers

Learn about Pikemen, Musketeers, Cavalry and more.

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Click on each of the soldiers below to find out more.

Did you know?

  • The most common type of soldiers were infantry (foot soldiers).  
  • Infantry regiments contained pikemen and musketeers.  
  • Cavalry were soldiers who fought on horseback. 
  • Dragoons were mounted infantry soldiers. They rode to where they were needed and then dismounted from their horses and attacked on foot. 
  • Gunners were men who loaded and fired cannons. An army’s cannons are known as artillery or “ordinance”.

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