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Cold Mountain includes mention of many Civil War-era weapons Some are standard-issue field arms such as the Springfield and Enfield rifles and the Colt army and navy revolvers Others are rare specialty items like the powerful LeMat pistol or Whitworth sniper rifle The question is why these particulars out of the hundreds of devices that made a battlefield appearance during the war There must be something between them that relates to the story and its mood All of the weapons greatly varied though they are have one thing in common effectiveness When used appropriately they excelled in battle over many other widely-used firearms especially smoothbore muzzle-loading muskets The most mentioned weapon in Cold Mountain is Inmans LeMat revolver Invented in 1856 by Jean Alexander Francois Le Mat his pistol became the most famous foreign pistol during the war Weapons of the Civil War np The LeMats was an incredibly deadly weapon in its time Not only was it a nine-chambered 40 calibre revolver but it also had a secondary 63 calibre barrel that fired either 18 or 20-gauge buckshot Some models even had fittings for a full-size shotgun barrel ibid About three thousand of the pistols were shipped to the Confederacy being used most notably by generals J E B Stuart and P T Beauregard ibid Another pistol that receives repeated attention in Cold Mountain is the Colt revolver The Colt Army version was preferred by Union forces while the Navy model was more popular in the South The names of the pistols do not necessarily denote the forces they were used in The Union army bought more Colt Navys than the Navy did ibid The Colt revolver was reliable and had interchangeable parts for ease of service A testament to its performance is the fact that the pistol accounted for forty percent of all handgun purchases in the Union army ibid An example of a rare and powerful Confederate weapon is the Whitworth
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