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Springfield musket, ca. 1848

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Muzzle-loaded muskets like this, with a bayonet that could be attached, were common during the Civil War. Most were rifled, helping to propel the bullets.

Soldiers bit the end off the paper cartridge that held the iron ball and gunpowder, poured both into the barrel, used a ramrod to seat them, and added a percussion cap under the hammer. The weapon was then ready to fire.

The initials "DV" are carved into the stock.

Other Information


  • Title: Springfield musket, ca. 1848
  • Creator: Springfield Armory, Massachusetts
  • Creation Date: circa 1848
  • Subject Date: circa 1848
  • Media: Iron, brass, wood
  • Dimensions (cm): 144.8 x 18.4
  • Local Code: AF5
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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