Weapons-Tools of the Trade
The accouterments and weapons of the infantry soldier are as follows:
- Bayonet Sling-made of white leather. Holds the bayonet. Used by the infantry.
- Cartridge Box-made of black leather. Used to hold cartridges. Cartridges were cylindrical tubes of paper that contained a charge of black powder and a bullet or ball.
- Cartridge Sling-made of white leather. Used by the infantry to carry their cartridge boxes.
- Waist Belt-made of white leather. Goes around the waist and has a belt buckle attached. Used by the infantry.
- Whisk and Pick-used to clean black powder residue out of the pan and the touchhole of the musket.
- Bayonet-A metal spearlike weapon, detachable, and affixes to the ends of muskets and
rifles. Used in hand-to-hand combat.
- Musket-a long smoothbore weapon. The muskets used at Fort Scott were flintlocks.
The accouterments and weapons of the dragoon soldier are as follows:
- Carbine Sling-made of white leather. It hooked on to a ring that was on the carbine and musketoon. Used to hold the dragoon's weapon, leaving both hands free to hold the reins of the horses.
- Saber Belt-Made of white leather. It was really a waist belt and a saber sling combined into one.
- Cap Box-made of black leather. Used to hold percussion caps.
- Carbine-a smoothbore weapon used by the dragoons. It had a shorter barrel than the musket. Most carbines were breechloaders and were also percussion weapons.
- Musketoon- similar to the carbine, but it was a muzzleloader. Used by the dragoons.
- Saber-like a sword, but with a curved blade. Used by the dragoons in mounted combat.
- Pistol-single shot weapons used by the dragoons in mounted combat. It was a weapon of last resort. It was holstered on the saddle of the horse.
- Walker-Colt Revolver-used by mounted troops in the late 1840s and early 1850s. It was capable of having six rounds loaded in it at once.