After a brief respite at the end of the Napoleonic period, it wasn't long before conflict hit the western world again, with major wars on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, ill-feelings from previous conquests and treaties led to renewed aggression on several fronts, while a divided USA fought against both itself and the native American people. Each of these conflicts drastically changed the landscape of power and influence in a world largely dominated by European colonialism and their collective impact shaped our world forever.
The Crimean War was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to March 1856 in which the Russian Empire lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire and Sardinia. The immediate cause involved the rights of Christian minorities in the Holy Land, which was a part of the Ottoman Empire. The French promoted the rights of Roman Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The longer-term causes involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory and power at Ottoman expense.
A series of conflicts between the United States and Native American Indian tribes took place in the Great Plains area of the United States from 1850-1880. Some of the Native American tribes involved in the conflicts included the Sioux, Lakota, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, and Arapaho. The most well-known battle of this period was the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876), in which General Custer and some of the 7th Cavalry Regiment were defeated by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull’s combined armies. This period is often popularized in stories and movies of lone US cavalry patrols or outposts making "last stands" against hordes of Indians.
For US Cavalry figures, we suggest using ACW28, ACW29, and ACW30 from the American Civil War range.