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|BHR62, I have a reference that says the Union supplied ammunition for 123 different types of firearms. What logisitical nightmare. It would make sense for one weapon type for the whole regiment. Those Spencer weapons before February 1865 were spencer rifles. I have seen a copy of the original contract for the Spencer Carbines signed by the US War Department. It was dated after Christmas 1864. The first ones were issued at the start of March 1865. Sheridan's men, a great number of the regiments in the Army of the Potomac were issued them in April and early May before the mission to destroy Stuart and his cavalry.