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How did Civil War soldiers reload and fire the .58 Springfield?

How was the Civil War .58 Springfield rifle reloaded? I understand that it was a percussion-cap rifle rather than a flintlock, and that it fired a muzzle-loaded minie ball. But what was the reloading process? What did the ammunition look like? There was no metal cartridge involved? How long did it take to reload and fire one of those things? Thanks, from a firearms n00b!
posted by jackypaper on Oct 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Where is a good U.S. map showing the nation in 1865?

Where is a good online map depicting the U.S. as it appeared in 1865? I'm particularly interested in the topography of the Midwest and West. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Aug 23, 2007 - 6 answers

What's the best book on Lewis and Clark?

What is the most readable account of the Lewis and Clark expedition? I'm looking for something not as dense and dry as a history textbook, but not skimpy on the details, either. I don't mind long books, and in fact prefer them, but I have no desire to wade through "scholarly" writing. I want an entertaining, fact-filled, layman's book that traces the lives and trials of Lewis and Clark and their fateful quest for the Pacific. Of the hundreds out there, which is best?
posted by jackypaper on Jul 25, 2007 - 14 answers

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