Long Arms of the American Civil War (FREE DAY)

Event Description

Join us downtown for the Lenoir County Annual BBQ Fest! After you have sampled all the delicious BBQ, come by the CSS Neuse and learn about the development of Long Arms during the Civil War and how they shaped our modern world. Admission is FREE!

Military style long arms changed significantly between 1861 and the end of the war in 1865. Many soldiers in 1861 were equipped with outdated 1816 conversion muskets that fired a large smoothbore .69 round with a very short effective range. By the end of the war, almost all troops were equipped with a rifled-musket that could reliably hit a target 300 yards or more away. Some troops were even equipped with repeating rifles giving them much greater firepower.