Camp Dennison, located 17 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, was a military recruiting and training facility for the United States Army during the American Civil War located near the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers and the Little Miami Railroad. The rivers and railroad provided quick transportation from various parts of Ohio
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Andersonville Prison, Georgia, officially named Camp Sumter, was the largest Confederate prison camp. It only existed for 14 months, but during that time, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. 13,000 of these men died from disease, poor sanitation, and malnutrition. The first prisoners arrived at Andersonville in late
The Albany (Athens County, Ohio) Manual Labor Academy, was founded in 1847 in by William and Eliza Lewis. It would be the first school for black children in Ohio. The school's original mission statement was “By combining Manual Labor with study, we intend to rebuke the withering spirit of caste…make
The British East India Company Military Seminary was a British military academy at Addiscombe, Surrey, near London. Its purpose was to train young officers to serve in the East India Company’s huge and always growing private army in India. The Company, originally a shipping and trading concern, grew to rule
JEZAIL RIFLES During the Anglo-Afghan Wars of 1839-1842, Afghan warriors used homemade jezail rifles with devastating results against British East India Company troops. The British Brown Bess muskets weren't accurate beyond 50 yards, and using the long barreled jezails, the Pashtuns picked off British patrols from cliffs up
The Spencer 1860 was the world's first widely used military repeating rifle. Designed by Christopher Spencer, the lever action, .52 caliber, 7-shot rifle had a sustainable rate of fire 14-20 rounds per minute, while muzzleloaders in use at the time fired only 2-3 rounds per minute. The Spencer was also
SHARPS RIFLE The Sharps was 52 caliber, single shot, breechloading rifle. In the Civil War. It is most famously associated with the flamboyant 1st United States Sharpshooters, known as "Berdan's Sharpshooters" in honor of their leader Hiram Berdan. Built by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut
The Enfield Pattern 1853 was a .58 caliber Minié-type muzzle-loading rifled musket, used by the British Empire from 1853 to 1867. Manufactured in England, 900,000 were used by the South during the Civil War. The Enfield had an accuracy range of 200 to 300 yards, but expert marksmen used
The Springfield Model 1861 was a .58 caliber, Minié-type rifled musket was the most widely used rifle by the North during the Civil War. The Springfield had a range of 200 to 300 yards, but expert marksmen used them on targets up to 500 yards away. Its highest rate of
BROWN BESS MUSKET The Brown Bess was .75 caliber, smoothbore, muzzle loading, flintlock musket. It was the standard long gun of the British Empire's land forces from 1722 until 1838, and was the most common firearm used by both sides in the American Revolutionary War. The Brown Bess