Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War

Civil War Weapons, all pre 1898

by Harry Ridgeway

Breechloader, carbines and rifles .
Research Center: Weapon2000-Breechloader .

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Breechloader, Burnside carbine . Manufactured by Burnside Rifle Co., Providence, Rhode Island, General Ambrose Burnside, was an official in the company before the war but was not involved in wartime development of the weapon.
Research Center: Weapon2060-Breechloader-Burnside .

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Breechloader, Gallagher carbine. . Manufactured by Richardson & Overman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was patented by a South Carolinian before the war, but produced under Federal contract.
Research Center: Weapon2130-Breechloader-Gallagher .

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Breechloader, Gwyn & Campbell carbine. . Manufactured by Edward Gwyn and Albert C Campbell, Hamilton, Ohio, who was successor to Cosmopolitan.
Research Center: Weapon2180-Breechloader-Gwyn-Campbell .

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Breechloader, Hall rifle or carbine. . Manufactured by Harper's Ferry Arsenal using John Hall's patent.
Research Center: Weapon2185-Breechloader-Hall .

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Breechloader, Jenks carbine. . Manufactured by N P Ames, Springfield, Massachusetts, using Jenks design.
Research Center: Weapon2210-Breechloader-Jenks .

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Breechloader, Joslyn carbine. . Manufactured by Joslyn Fire Arms Co., Stonington, Connecticut.
Research Center: Weapon2270-Breechloader-Joslyn .

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Breechloader, Maynard carbine. . Manufactured by Massachusetts Arms Co., Chicopee Falls Massachusetts, using Maynard design.
Research Center: Weapon2310-Breechloader-Maynard .

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Breechloader, Merrill carbine or rifle. . Manufactured by H. Merrill, Baltimore Maryland.
Research Center: Weapon2320-Breechloader-Merrill .

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Breechloader, Sharps carbine or rifle. . Manufactured by Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Connecticut.
Research Center: Weapon2420-Breechloader-Sharps .

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Breechloader, Sharps and Hankins carbine. . Manufactured by Sharps & Hankins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Research Center: Weapon2430-Breechloader-Sharps-Hankins .

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Breechloader, Smith carbine. . Manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents.
Research Center: Weapon2440-Breechloader-Smith .

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Breechloader, Spencer carbine or rifle. . Manufactured by Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, Massachusetts.
Research Center: Weapon2450-Breechloader-Spencer .

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Breechloader, Starr carbine. . Manufactured by Starr Arms Co., Yonkers, New York.
Research Center: Weapon2460-Breechloader-Starr .

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Muskets converted to breechloading, Trapdoor conversion.Conversion of Model 1863 muskets, to breechloading trapdoor. . Manufactured by Springfield Armory,Springfield Mass.
Research Center: Weapon2900-Musket-Breechloader-Trap-Door .

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This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use. These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever! Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied

Most information on this page is from:
Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms......
John Thillman series, "Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers...", or "Civil War Army Swords...."

Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
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