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 Posted: Sun Mar 27th, 2011 11:50 pm
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Short answer: it depended on the unit, the theater and the connections of the commanders. Very generally the Army of the Potomac got the better weapons, and by late 1862 the vast majority of the AOP's units were armed with first rate rifles. However, even in that army some continued to use smoothbore muskets or second rate rifles throughout the war. In the west by mid to late 1863 most units were using first rate rifles. In both theaters, a tiny fraction received repeating weapons and breach-loaders, but these did not make any tactical difference until mid-1863. Of course, take these general statements with a grain of salt, it depended on a lot of factors. Hope that helps.

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