Confederate Sharpshooter Berry Benson and His Enfield

The Enfield rifle-musket was preferred by Confederate sharpshooters, including South Carolina Sgt. Berry Benson. In fact, after Gen. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Benson walked home—and took his rifle with him.

The Guns of Gettysburg

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.


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