Model 1861 U.S. Rifle Musket

Description (Brief)
The Model 1861 Rifle Musket was the standard issue infantry arm used throughout the Civil War. A soldier attached an infantry cap badge to the stock of this particular rifle. Originally made by the Springfield Armory, the U.S. government contracted with twenty private firms to meet the war time demand for rifles. It is estimated that about one million Model 1861–type rifle muskets were manufactured during the war.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
rifle
rifle musket
rifle musket, percussion
date made
1862
associated date
1862
maker
Springfield Armory
Measurements
overall, musket: 56 in x 2 1/2 in; 142.24 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
AF*20402
catalog number
20402
accession number
63242
subject
Firearms
Military
Civil War
Civil War
event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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