Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Civil War Oddities #127

Federal purchasing agents were gleeful when they managed to buy shipment of big Belgian muskets. Issued without being tested, the pieces that weighed half again as much as the U.S. Model of 1842 proved to have a powerful "kick" When these clumsy pieces were first fired, the weapons ended up knocking so many men down that they soon went into storage.

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