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The legendary Springfield rifle, a staple of the Civil War...
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August 18, 1860
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Aug. 18, 1860 The front page has an article: "A New Rifle Weapon" which describes what would be known as the Springfield Model 1861 rifle. This report is from its early days of creation noting in part: "...has just been finished at the Springfield armory & sent to the Ordnance Dept. at Washington...It is intended wholly for wall service, in forts, etc. to be used in picking-off officers & for other such purposes. It is now being experimented with by the Board of Ordnance at Washington." with more (see photos).
This model would soon become quite famous as the war progressed, with over one million being produced (see hyperlink for more detail). Terrific to have this report not only in a scientific periodical, but on the front page.
Category: Pre-Civil War