About Civil War Revolvers
The American Civil War was a major conflict in the United States of America that took place between 1861 and 1865, where the two sides were the forces of the Northern states (the Union) against the newly formed states of The Confederacy of America, integrated by eleven states of the South that proclaimed their independence from the Union.
Abraham Lincoln lost a senatorial race in which he demanded a stop in the expansion of the slavery, but in 1860, Lincoln and Douglas faced again: this time like the presidential candidates of Republican and Democrat parties. By then the tension between North and South was extreme.
The first act of war was the Confederate assault on the Fort Sumter garrison on April 12, 1861. The army repression of Fort Sumter brought the Confederate states to Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Thus, began the Civil War between the Confederate States of the South and the States of the North, which would end by the victory of the North in 1865.
In 1864, an army of the Union under the command of general William Tecumseh Sherman crossed Georgia, destroying the everything in its path. Meanwhile, General Grant was beating strongly with Lee's forces in Virginia. On April 2, 1865, Lee was forced to leave Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. One week later he surrendered, and all the other Confederate forces surrendered soon afterwards.
For more than a century, it has been accepted that about 620,000 Americans died in the conflict, with more than half of those dying off the battlefield from disease or festering wounds. That's more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined. This amounted to 2 percent of the population at the time, which would be the equivalent to about 6 million Americans dying today. All along, however, historians sensed that number underrepresented the death toll. 24,866 Died in Confederate prison camps alone.
Some of the most popular Civil War Revolvers were:
LeMat Revolver - Perhaps the most well-known foreign designed revolver during the Civil War. It had two barrels, a .42 caliber barrel on top and a 20-gauge shotgun barrel underneath.
Colt Dragoon Revolver - Issued to the US Cavalry. A heavy .44 caliber revolver invented during the Mexican War and designed for killing the mounts of charging enemy troopers
Colt M1851 Navy Revolver - Colt's most popular revolver for the 1850s civilian market in .36 caliber. The name 'Navy' came from the cylinder of the revolvers being engraved with a scene of the victory of the Second Texas Navy at the Battle of Campeche on May 16, 1843. The preferred weapon of the Confederacy. Copies such as the Griswold & Gunnison were made all over the South.
Colt M1860 Army Revolver - A .44 caliber revolver made for the US Cavalry to replace the heavier Colt M1848 Dragoon. The Bessemer steel process invented in the 1850s made a lighter stronger revolver in .44 caliber possible.
We carry a variety of Replica Revolvers, Rifles, Pistols and Carbines from the Civil War era. We currently only have Revolvers available, but will be opening new sections very soon with more variety.
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