149th Battle of Monocacy - Living History - July 6, 2013
It has been 149 years since union forces saved Washington DC by delaying the southern armies long enough for reinforcements to secure Washington DC. In this video we look at the 10lb Parrott rifled canon artillery piece and the team that fires it. The gun was invented by Captain Robert Parker Parrott, a West Point graduate. He resigned from the service in 1836 and became the superintendent of the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, New York. He created the first Parrott Rifle (and corresponding projectile) in 1860 and patented it in 1861.
Below we look at the British Enfield Rifle Musket and the 1842 Springfield plus the 1861 Springfield 58 cal.†
During the American Civil War, the rifle was the most common weapon found on the battlefield. Most of the rifles during that time were loaded with a small lead musket ball or with a minnie ball (or Miniť ball) and black powder. Most rifles of this era were muzzle loaded rifled muskets. These rifles were used by both the United States of America ("Union") and the Confederate States of America.
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