|2nd Continental Light Dragoons|
|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Belongs to||United States|
|Soldiers in each unit||20/40/60/80|
|Produced from||Barracks in the Confederation of New England|
|Cost||1240 SP/760 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Trained in mounted and dismounted combat, this light cavalry unit is useful to reinforce cornered comrades.
When a friendly unit is being harassed by an enemy beyond its fire range, these cavalrymen can react immediately, riding to the enemy to counter the threat. When mounted they are good in melee, at the charge, and can fire their carbines. They are not very effective in close combat on foot, leaving themselves vulnerable when acting as melee infantry.
The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons were one of the finest cavalry units raised in 1776 following Washington's realisation that the war was going to last longer than expected. His original plan was to raise 3,000 horsemen, but it soon became obvious that paying and equipping that many horsemen was far beyond the resources of Congress. Instead four small regiments of Light Dragoons were raised. The 2nd Light Dragoons were commanded by Colonel Elisha Sheldon for his efforts by the citizens of Sheldon, Vermont.
The 2nd Continental Light Dragoons are very similar to generic American Light Dragoons, with slightly better reloading speed and morale, but marginally worse accuracy.