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 Originally made by the Springfield Armory, the U.S. government contracted with twenty private firms to meet the war time demand for rifles.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.

Date Made: 1862Associated Date: 1862

Maker: Springfield Armory

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: FirearmsCivil WarRelated Event: Civil War


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.20402Catalog Number: 20402Accession Number: 63242

Object Name: riflerifle musketrifle musket, percussionOther Terms: rifle; Firearms; Percussion Fire; .58 In; Rifled; Muzzle Load; Sa

Measurements: overall, musket: 56 in x 2 1/2 in; 142.24 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_414389

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