• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

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Smith Shotgun

L.C. Smith Shotgun
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L.C. Smith Shotgun

Gauge: 12

This double-barreled shotgun is made by L. C. Smith Company. This one is stamped Wells and Fargo & Co. These types of shotguns were common with lawmen in the old west as it did not require much aiming and had a lot of power. It was intended to shoot a metallic round that held several small lead balls. To create a larger pattern with the lead balls the barrels were cut short as in this example. Its range was limited but deadly.

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Did You Know?

Interior of jail cell with box for prisoners to visit with their lawyers

The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.