1. Charge the enemy head-on into their fire and/or bayonets. This will result in massive casualties for your side. No competent cavalry commander would lead his men head-on into infantry with loaded muskets and/or bayonets. It's just stupid.
Someone said earlier that cavalry should be stronger in hand-to-hand combat than infantry? That's complete and utter bullshit. Cavalry have to manage their horses and such in hand-to-hand combat. Infantry most certainly have the advantage of mobility in close-quarter areas. Cavalry's strength lies in its initial charge impact, not in waiting around after they've charged to fight hand-to-hand, because that most certainly WILL get you killed.[/list]
In reality, a volley from a line wouldn't do much casualties to charging cavalry, due to the low accuracy (not the case in the nw), and they would close the gap rather quickly so no more than two could be fired. The most stupid thing was actually to charge on the artillery batteries, as canister shots would cause huge casualties.
"(Cuirasses) were no longer proof against musketry at short range and even less against artillery, the cuirass was of greatest use in close-quarter melee, proof against sabre and bayonet blows."
("The Napoleonic Sourcebook" - Haythornthwaite) If that was the case, why does it only take 2 stabs to kill one with bayonet? Heavy cavalry also used thrust more than slashes during the fight, as did polish lancers with their sabers (only the first rank actually had lances), yet it's much more weaker than bayonet in game. And i was not talking about standing stationary, as that's not what cavalry does. I was simply implying that a cavalry man riding towards a foot soldier has an advantage in real life, and that is not the case in nw.
"The force of impact generated by cavalry, provided it was engaged at the proper moment, was out of all proportion to its numbers. Had this not been the case, after all, governments would not have spent so much money on maintaining mounted troops, which represented a heavy cost to the national treasury."
(- Alessandro Barbero, "The Battle") And right now, there is never a proper moment to charge because you will always get raped by infantry who watch their surroundings. (everyone expect new or bad players) The best you can do is pick off those that are already engaged in fighting with your infantry. you'll get a lot of kills, but that's not really useful now, is it?