|Tarleton's Light Dragoons|
|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Belongs to||Great Britain|
|Soldiers in each unit||20/40/60/80|
|Tech requirement||Shortened Carbines; can utilize Wedge Formation and Diamond Formation|
|Produced from||Military Governor's Barracks in New York|
|Cost||1190 SP/850 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
These British dragoons are excellent light cavalry, using sabres when mounted and carbines when on foot.
Named for Banastre Tarleton, also known as "The Bloody Ban", these troops are ideal for countering enemies such as skirmishers and artillery. Tarleton's dragoons have fast horses and can reach enemies out of range of friendly line units. Upon reaching their target, they can unleash a cavalry charge or engage in melee. Dismounted, they can use their carbines to fire upon the enemy, although they are relatively vulnerable in close-combat.
Banastre Tarleton sailed to America as a volunteer in 1775, quickly earning the rank of major for his bravery in the New York campaign. By the time Tarleton retired he had worked his way up through the ranks to General, and was even invested as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, a significant honour, for his efforts. Offically the 17th Light Dragoons, Tarleton's troopers were the mounted element of the British Legion. At the time, the Legion was a mixed force of cavalry and infantry and was sometimes referred as Tarleton's Legion.
As their name suggests, Tarleton’s Light Dragoons are very similar to Light Dragoons. They have less ammo and poorer accuracy, but better melee, charging, defense, and morale. Contrary to what the description implies, Tarleton’s Light Dragoons may fire from both the saddle and on foot, acting as relatively fragile but deadly light cavalry, or dismounting and acting as an undersize Line Infantry regiment.