smoothbore muskets were a standard of the army.
They were inaccurate but very deadly at close
The rifled musket with the minie ball was more
accurate than the smoothbore. It had a half a
mile range, but it only shot two rounds a minute.
The most popular US Cavalry shouder arm of the
war, the 39 inch, .52 caliber repeating gun could
shoot seven-rounds before reloading. The Spencer
repeating rifle was rugged and its metallic
ammunition wasnt vulnerable to rain or