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1842 Springfield Musket

 

1842 Springfield Musket

Caliber: .69

Barrel length: 42"

This is a percussion musket that fires with a cap made of brass, which is filled, with fulminated mercury inside. A cap is placed on the cone then hammer is pulled back. Next, the trigger is pulled and the hammer strikes the cap cause a small explosion to ignite the powder. This weapon is an 1816 Springfield musket with the addition of a percussion lock. The percussion lock was the next improvement in the ignition system after the flintlock. This became the second weapon the military added with this type of improved ignition system. The last U. S. musket to be made a smoothbore, these were used during the Mexican War and saw use by Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

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Did You Know?

Parker seated at his bench in 6th Street courtroom

The only known image of Judge Parker in his courtroom is this one from the federal courthouse on Sixth Street which dates from the 1890s. There are no photographs of the courtroom located in the former military barracks.