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Confederate Fayetteville .57 Caliber Musket

  • American Civil War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

One of The few Rifles produced by The Confederate States of American during The American Civil War, The .57 Caliber “Fayetteville” Musket was produced in 1862 – at the Fayetteville Armory in North Carolina. The Army was seen as The “Harper’s Ferry” Arsenal of The South. The Fayetteville was a .57 Caliber, percussion Musket that weighed 12-punds and was 50-inches in length. The Rifle was a “2-Band” firearm that had a fairly effective range of 500-yards. The Fayetteville could be mounted with an Infantry Bayonet. The somewhat popular Rifle was manufactured until 1865, with over 32,000 being produced. The Fayetteville Rifle came to a production halt, not due to scare raw materials – but Union General William Sherman’s Forces burning The Arsenal to the ground. Although some Rifles were taken as “prizes”, most were likewise destroyed.