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1843 Hall-North


U.S. Model 1843 Hall-North

Caliber: .52

Barrel Length: 21"

Commonly called a Hall carbine, this weapon was produced from 1844 to 1853. The Hall is a smoothbore black powder weapon that loads from the rear of the gun making it a much better weapon for troops on horseback. However, it still uses a percussion cap to fire. Many of these carbines were issued to the United States Dragoons at Fort Smith and were used during the Civil War.

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Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.