Monday, August 15, 2011

Civil War Oddities #3

Federal ordnance men turned down the Spencer repeating breech-loading rifle in 1860, and did not get it into the hands of troops in quantity until the end of the war. The theory fir their refusal: Soldiers would fire too fast, and waste ammunition,

Firing on both sides was so inaccurate that soldiers estimated it took a man’s weight in lead to kill a single enemy in battle. A Federal expert said that each Confederate who was shot required 240 pounds of powder and 900 pounds of lead.

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