Following the disbandment of the Continental Army in 1784, the United States kept only a token force of regulars to guard arsenals and frontier forts along the border.
Tonight on MidwayUSA's Gun Stories, Mark Keefe appears as a subject-matter expert on his favorite early 20th century military rifle, the Lee-Enfield.
In 1864, more and more repeating rifles-Spencers and “sixteen shooter” Henrys-made their way into Union units. The South was being overwhelmed by superior numbers and firepower. If 1863 was the year of the rifle-musket in America’s bloody Civil War, then 1864 was the year of the repeater.
In July 1863, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia fought a bloody three-day battle near the small seminary town of Gettysburg, Pa. During the battle—the high-water mark of the Confederacy—everything from ancient smoothbores to state-of-the-art repeaters was pressed into service.