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 Posted: Tue Mar 31st, 2009 12:40 am
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Early volunteers were issued whatever smoothbore muskets were available in state and Federal aresenals. These were replaced as Enfields were acquired and Springfields were manufactured.

Some units however chose to retain their smoothbores. I forget which ones, but the smoothbores would readily take the devastating but close range round: buck and ball. The round was all but useless at 50 yards, but it was particularly deadly at 30 yards. A .69 caliber ball with three buckshot (about .30) packed a shotgun's pattern with balls that could knock a man down.

"Does anyone know of documentation showing they were issued M1816/22 conversion muskets?"

I don't, but it is concievable that they were issued both. When was the 116th mustered in?

Ole

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