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Both sides imported large quantities of European firearms to assist them in arming their troops. The most widely used was the British Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket because it was accurate and well made. An important factor for both sides was that the .58 caliber bullet used by both Union and Confederate forces was interchangeable with the .577 Enfield. Its overall length totaled 55 1/4 inches and weighed about 9 pounds. Hundreds of thousands of Enfield rifle-muskets were successfully smuggled into the South by the Confederacy during the war.
L: 55.25", Wt: 9 lbs.
Location:Constitution Ave. between 12th and 14th Sts. NW Washington,District of Columbia 20560