Barbary Pirates (ETW Unit)
Although a sword, no matter what its design, may appear outdated next to a musket, it has one great advantage: it never needs loading. A truly skilled swordsman will never want for employment, and he is an intimidating sight to many regular musket-armed soldiers.
Units of swordsmen are also easier to handle tactically on a battlefield. A general does not have to make fine judgements about when to hold or give fire: he need only send his men forward to do their killing work at the right time. Once committed, they will keep fighting until death or victory comes.
Barbary Pirates are among the very units recruitable by the Barbary Pirates and are recruitable only in North Africa. The Barbary Pirates are fine swordsmen and are able to defeat less equipped melee or line infantry. However they will likely falter when combating well equipped melee infantry or elite Infantry. Also as they have fairly low morale they cannot be depended upon in the heat of battle as they will likely rout if the odds are not in their favour.