Thursday, September 3, 2009

American Civil War Weapons: Weapons Of The 1800s

American Civil War weapons have attracted a great deal of attention in recent times. Indeed, in many different locales, American Civil War weapons exhibitions have been cropping up for public viewing with some degree of regularity.

Perhaps you are one of the many people who have developed at least a passing interest in American Civil War weapons. As a result, you may be interested in knowing a bit more about the types of weapons that were used during this era.

There actually was a pretty wide assortment of American Civil War weapons that were used in battle. Taking a look at some of the artillery and small arms used during the Civil War can be interesting. What is presented in this article is by no means all-inclusive. Such a quick listing would be impossible since arms ranged from shotguns to repeating rifles and machine guns, the Gatling type, swords to grapeshot. Whole books have been written on the subject. But here is a list of some of the more common and a few unusual weapons used on the battlefields.

When it comes to American Civil War weapons, the Colt army model 1860, became the most popular sidearm in the Union army. The Colt navy model 1861, .36 caliber was preferred by the South. Other favorites were the Starr revolver and the LeMat revolver. Then there was the model 1861 Springfield Musket that was the most widely used shoulder arm of the civil war. Then came the rifled muskets generally referred to as Enfields because of the British arms factory that made them in Enfield, England. In addition to these there was the carbines such as the Sharpes New Model 1859, developed primarily for the mounted troops with a shorter barrel that was easier to use on horseback.
Literally, there were dozens more American Civil War weapons used during this period and many can be seen in museums, as has been mentioned.