Fayetteville Armory Pistols And Rifles
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
In 1861, U.S. Arsenal at Fayetteville, North Carolina, was seized by officials of that state and later turned over to the government of Confederate States of America. While still controlled by the state of North Carolina, a number of inferior flintlock arms were altered at the arsenal from flint to percussion, including a number of U.S. M1836 pistols and U.S. M1819 Hall rifles (latter also shortened and re-modeled into cavalry carbines). In accordance with an agreement between the governors of Virginia and North Carolina, rifle machinery seized at the former U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, was also sent to Fayetteville, where in 1862 the Confederacy began construction of rifles modeled after U.S. M1855 rifle. Production continued until 1865, when the advance of Sherman's armies necessitated evacuation of the armory.
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