From the monthly archives:

August 2006

1855 Pistol Carbine

August 22, 2006

THE MODEL 1855 SPRINGFIELD PISTOL CARBINEDuring the Ante-bellum period, the Ordnance Department remained concerned over the reliability of breech-loaders and efforts were made to improve muzzle-loading weapons. One weapon issued to some Dragoons was the Springfield Model 1855 Pistol-Carbine. It was originally intended for the two new regiments of cavalry created in 1855.Secretary of War [...]

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Love’s artillery

August 22, 2006

In August of 1847, the Army command at Santa Fe decided to convert Company B, 1st United States Dragoons, into a field artillery battery. The company had only recently arrived at Santa Fe and was composed of, in the main, new recruits. Lt. Jone Love, its field commander, drew weapons, mules, tack and equipage from [...]

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