Tuesday 10 August 2010

Federal cavalry weapons

(Image Spencer repeating carbine)
The other day I watched a rather creaky old western called The Springfield Rifle (1952) which has a Civil War cavalry unit getting trapdoor Springfields erroneously as they weren't issued till well after the war, but it set me to thinking about this subject, and wondering what Buford's division were armed with at Gettysburg? I haven't been able to find out - some say Sharps, some Spencer repeating carbines so I thought I'd see if you lot knew any thing about it. Just curiosity I suppose wondering if a technological edge may have proved vital at this pivotal moment in the battle. Incidentally apparently Spencers finished up being used in the Franco-Prussian war by the French.

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