The magazine was a tube in the stock, having a spring which fed the cartridges toward the breech mechanism.
All throughout the war this gun and similar types did splendid service, notwithstanding the fact that the prevailing opinion among ordnance experts was in favor of the muzzleloader.
It is stated that, at Ball's Bluff, one regiment of Confederates was armed with the repeater and did great execution.
Due to the use of the Spencer rifle by a part of General Geary's troops at Gettysburg, a whole division of Ewell's corps was
A Dahlgren 11-inch smooth-bore naval gun, opposite Yorktown
The Dahlgren guns of large caliber were made of cast iron, solid and cooled from the exterior.
The powder-chamber was of the Gomer form — almost a cone with the base forward and of the size of the bore of the gun, so that when the projectile was rammed home it would not go entirely down to the bottom of the cavity, but would leave a powder-chamber behind it so shaped that the gases had