The cavalry were the shock troops of the day. Charging the massed ranks of enemy
infantry to discharge pistols out of reach of the pike, cutting down the almost defenceless
musketeers and driving the opponents cavalry from the field. Cavalry could turn a
defeat into a rout as they cut down the fleeing troops
The cannons of the Civil Wars were clumsy and difficult to manoeuvre. Fine for sieges,
but limited on the battlefield. Whilst their effectiveness may have been restricted
the damaging impact on the nerves and morale of just hearing a cannon fired or seeing
a whole ranks fall as an iron or stone ball ploughed through them can only be imagined.