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T h e Government having bought the full rights to this invention the preceding February, 1854, immediate use was to be made of the idea. The new series of tests to be held in the spring of 1855 were under direction of Lieutenant J. G. Benton, an officer who survived the war and distinguished himself in the Ordnance Corps until his retirement. 69 could be reduced for new muskets and to see if this reduced caliber could be made uniform with all arms, including pistol, and to determine the best form of cavity for the Harpers Ferry bullet.
Cameron," the newspaperman responded, "your contract for rifle muskets with the Eagle Manufacturing Company of Mansfield, Connecticut is for only 25,000 arms, and my friends there, whom I induced to engage in this business in expectation of your issuing a further order, as your assistant Mr. " "Indeed this is bad news to me, Mr. Wilkeson," War Secretary Simon Cameron sympathetically observed, as he stuffed papers from his desk drawer into a large portfolio, scanning them briefly, consigning some to the waste basket.
Examine that belief. But there are some details which do not jibe entirely. Because Blunt later pleaded to be permitted to furnish non-interchangeable guns, these " M " guns would seem to fall within the classification. But several with British (Birmingham and L o n d o n ) proved barrels are known. Others have strange cyphers, not too legible, of interlaced three letters in the location where proof marks are commonly found, left round of breech. -made barrel. Blunt was quite certain as to the origins of his bar- 32 C I V I L W A R Blunt Enfield l o c k h a s never b e e n o n a g e n u i n e Enfield, as screw b o s s to rear of curved bridle is undrilled.