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 fire was three shots per minute, but that was not common. Over 1,000,000 Model 1861 rifles were sold to the Army at $20. The Springfield, and the Confederates’ Enfield, were devastating at the beginning of the War, when many generals still favored large, battle-lines at close range. Their damage was made even more devastating by the ammunition it used, the conical Minie ball bullet, which flattened out to three times its width when it hit flesh, creating left worse wounds than round musket balls.




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