The double musket rack, displayed in the museum at Springfield Armory NHS, is one of the most dramatic yet enigmatic objects on public view in the Main Arsenal building where the Museum and collection may be visited. Partially filled with 645 Springfield US Model 1861 rifle muskets (with musket assembly views) in remarkable condition, it rarely fails to awe both the casual visitor and the serious student of arms. Exhibited alongside the rack is a printing of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Arsenal at Springfield, protesting the wanton waste of war that was written after a visit to Springfield Armory in 1843.
Organ of Muskets
Last updated: February 26, 2015