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weapon above mentioned was in very limited use, toward the close of the war especially, the evil was not so general as it might have been. The cartridge-box for cavalry resembles in external appearance that for the infantry, but is smaller, and its two loops are arranged so as to pass the saber-belt through them. Those used by our troops during the late war were variously arranged in the interior to suit the supposed necessities of the cartridges of each particular kind of carbine, as Burnside's, Merrill's, etc., etc. That adapted for a paper cartridge, as Sharp's, of which a greater number was issued than of any other, appeared to answer very well for others, though, no doubt, for metallic cartridges a special box is better. The cavalryman is also provided with a small box or pouch for revolver cartridges and a cappouch. The saber-belt, to which all the preceding are attached, consists of a waist-belt, with two brass rings for the shoulder-strap and saber-slings, and a bra
-loading small-arms, New York, 1872. Before the war of 1861-65, the principal breechloading small-arms were Sharps's, Burnside's, Maynard's, Merrill's, and Spencer's. Sharps's rifle (O, Plate 16) has the barrel rigidly attached to the stock, thloth, the end covered with tissue-paper saturated with saltpeter, through which the fulminate will ignite the powder. Burnside's rifle (P) has the barrel attached to the stock, the breech-piece being pivoted beneath the barrel, so as to swing down1, 1861, and January 30, 1866, were of number and kind as follows: — Ballard1,500Maynard20,002 Ball1,002Palmer1,001 Burnside,55,567Remington20,000 Cosmopolitan9,342Sharps80,512 Gallagher22,728Smith30,062 Gibbs1,052Spencer94,156 Hall3,520StarSwinging Forward and Downward through Mortise. 12,001A. D. PerryNov. 28, 1854. 12,638R. WhiteApr. 3, 1855. 14,491A. F. BurnsideMar. 25, 1856. 15,521F. D. NewburyAug. 12, 1856. 20,073T. LeeApr. 27, 1858. 21,523E. T. StarrSept. 14, 1858. 25,47