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Contemptus Mundi
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I'm trying to get my head around the rules, and I'm struggling with how Cavalry enter the game.

Since each side starts with only one cavalry unit available for recruitment, I'm guessing it must be imperative to get that unit into a battle immediately so that it can be promoted, which puts the militia cavalry counter back in the recruitment pool for the next turn... correct?

This seems a very tedious way to get cavalry into the game, unless there is another way to recruit or draft cavalry?

Am I missing anything?

Thanks in advance.
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Brad Miller
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Nope, you aren't missing anything. They are hard to get. Can't you use the free promotion each turn for Cav? Been awhile since I played last.
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Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
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Cavalry played a very minor role in the American Civil War and this is accurately reflected in the rules. The tales of Stuart, Greer and Forrest may be stirring but in all honesty, they were a sideshow.

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Edit: spelling.

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Bert Nerdsen
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If you assume that promotion can only be achieved during battle, you're wrong. Brad is right, you can use your free promotion for the cavalry units (and immediately recruit a militia cav unit thereafter). The only unit that can solely be gained after a victorious battle is the crack infantry, and that only if using an optional rule.

But even then, it may look tedious to build up cav. However, note the devastating effect that cavalry jump moves may have. A Confederate cav build up in the northeast is a dangerous thread to the Union, and if not countered correctly, a sudden Confed victory is achieved more often than not.
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Sounds like others have answered the question. I'll just add that it's not as tedious as it might at first seem. It starts out slow, but you can get your cavalry units to multiply quickly after a while.

They'll never dominate in numbers, of course, as that'd be grossly ahistorical. But they can sure cause a stir once you get 'em going.
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Great points from everyone. I just wanted confirmation before I go through a trial game later today.

Thanks again!
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