Now that's extremely debateable.....'open' if of course a relative term....and even varies on battlefields....the stone farm villages\houses every klick or three in Europe were tough for invading forces in 1805 as well as WWII....and I know that the spectre of assaulting from wood lot to village to behind the ridge concealment\hull down tactics has been a daunting tactical exercise for military planners in the modern era as well (nothing like Stingers, WireGuided missiles, NOE Helicopter's, and CHOBHAM\reactive armored AFV's duking it out in the Fulda Gap....).
Originally Posted by bob 125th nysvi
Artillery had improved in the ACW over Napoleon....not radically, but there had been improvements....enough that between the rifled Minie balls, improved munitions, and 3" ordnance rifles: close in artillery support could wreak havoc on offensive artillery moving up with the cavalry to try to employ grape to break down a square...
Battlefields that might be considered relatively open (Gaines Mills, 1st and 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Cedar Mountain, Gettysburg, Antietam, Malvern Hill, Missionary Ridge, Champions Hill, Corinth, Iuka, Westport, Marais des Cygnes, Prairie Grove, et al) would have a number of closed terrain tactical obstacles.....and of course breastworks rendered all of this moot by 1864. They weren't all Chickamauga, Rich Mountain, South Mountain, Wilderness, Kennessaw, Raymond, Shiloh, Lookout Mountain.....
I hear you on the more wooded terrain of the America's....but in most cases that didn't hinder the sweep of battle lines and tactics.... and explains why Eastern Cavalry used Poinsett's double rank cavalry tactics, while out west they tended to use Cooke's single rank cavalry tactics....as explained in both Kidd's Michigan Cavalry book and the 6th US Cavalry Book (Common Soldier, Uncommon War or something like that, I'm on the couch at present sipping coffee)...the single rank out East could stretch to the next county and be impossible to have control over the unseen flank companies.....so deploying in two ranks was a necessity out East....
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