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Response to beergood (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 10:52 AM

10. My great, great grandfather bought his men Henry's and Sharps

 

His diary goes into detail on how he "loaned" his men the money to buy Henry rifles and Sharps. He also goes into detail on how good the Sharps was for "keeping the Rebs at a distance" and how "no human could withstand the volley of fire the Henry produces".

He bought the ammo through his store and had it shipped privately to him along the Mississippi. He didn't trust the Army supply people to get it to them in time. So his wife became the "supply department" for his unit and his adult sons the delivery team by steamboat and wagon.

He was a Captain of Infantry and his unit fought on the Western campaign with Grant, then with Sherman after Vicksburg.

The Sharps were used for distance work out to 300 yards and the Henry's for close quarter battle.

If I had a choice I'd want the guys around me to have the fastest shooting repeating rifles available too, even if I had to go into hock for them.

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