Site Logo: Click to go to the Home page

[ Weapons of Antietam ]

Confederate States Richmond Musket


Richmond Musket (reproduction)
Richmond Musket (reproduction)

Common name:   Richmond Musket

Description:   When they captured the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in April 1861, the Confederates moved the musket manufacturing machinery, tools, and parts to facilities in Richmond, Virginia and began to produce their own version of the US Model 1861 "Springfield" Rifle-Musket. Initially under the direction of the State of Virginia, the facility was later turned over to the Confederate States government. This muzzle-loader was produced in larger numbers than any other Confederate rifle.

Employment at Sharpsburg:   This was a common weapon in Confederate service in 1862 and later.

Ammunition Used:   .58 caliber bullet (minie ball)

Manufacturer:   Richmond Armory    Where made:   Richmond, Va    Model:   1861    Year(s) made:   1861-1865

Maximum Range:   500 yards     Effective Range:   300 yards     

«  to Weapons Index

Antietam on the Web   ::   Home | Overview | Battle Maps | Participants | ORs | Exhibits | Bibliography


© 1996 - 2018 by Brian Downey and contributors