Re: CW Rifle Musket Trivia Question
- for anyone who wondered about the answers:
*the rifle muskets were not the first rifles. Before improvements that allowed wider distribution, rifles were restricted in use and those soldiers that were trained in their use were elite.
*Once improvements meant the regular line infantry were to begin to use a type of rifle, the Duke of Wellington in particular did not want the regular grunts getting the big head, so he insisted the new weapons be called "rifle muskets" and this held up through the time of the ACW.
source: "Weapons of the Civil War" by Hogg.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "carlw4514" <carlw4514@...> wrote:
> Why were the infantry rifles of the period called "rifle muskets" and not just "rifles"? for extra credit, who is the British General that insisted on this and what was he thinking?