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For four years American blood spilled upon the soil of the so-called United States The cause of this bloodshed is known as the American Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1865 It put family against family and neighbor against neighbor until the newly formed country split into the North and the South The North also called the Union fought to keep the country intact The South also called the Confederate fought for their right to own slaves In every war weapons are made deadlier and faster the Civil War was no exception This contributed to the fact that the Civil War had more casualties than any war before in American history The basic weapon for infantry was the rifled musket which was later shortened just to the rifle During the Civil War to improve the accuracy of some of the weapons spiral groves were drilled into the muzzle of the weapon causing the bullet to spin Because of the spinning of the bullet there was less of a curve in the path of the bullet that could be caused by such things as the wind thus accuracy was greatly improved The most common weapon with the groves where rifles Some other improvements to the rifle were the breech loading rifle and the repeating rifle The 1861 Springfield Musket was the most often used shoulder arm and saw service in every major battle during the Civil War The rifle was made in the North for 15 to 20 dollars at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts and 32 other private manufacturers It was considered on of the more modern weapons used in the Civil War The Springfield Muskets weight was around 925Lb had a length of 585in fires 58 calibre conical mine ball and has a muzzle velocity of 950ftsec The Whitworth rifle was made by the British and used mainly by the Confederate army It used hexagonal shaped bullets loaded from the muzzle had
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