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The War Between the States wrought rapid and impressive change throughout the formerly agrarian South. With the coming of that conflict, factories and foundries that had long been engaged in making plows and farm tools suddenly found themselves gearing up to produce the implements of war.
In this new book many heretofore mis-attributed Confederate arms are now correctly identified as to maker, and for the first time in print Confederate purchases and issues of both Le Mat percussion carbines and double-barrel shotguns are explored. Much additional new information also is detailed, such as the alteration of obsolete Hall's rifles to carbine length at numerous Southern armories. That is amplified by a scholarly detailed text and high-quality photographs of every arm discussed, often in a disassembled state.
Confederate Carbines & Musketoons puts these arms into their proper perspective as valuable cultural and historic relics of a brave people, while at the same time exploring the social, economic, and political forces that necessitated their making.
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Dr. John M. Murphy is a native Southerner. Growing up near the scenes of many Civil War battles inspired an early interest in the history of that conflict, as did the tales of wartime exploits told by his maternal grandfather, who along with two great-uncles served the Confederacy as Virginia soldiers.
That interest expanded into a study of Confederate firearms, and in the early 1960s a collection was started. By 1999 when Dr. Murphy placed his collection with the Greensboro Historical Museum in North Carolina, it had grown into arguably the largest and finest grouping of Confederate longarms in private hands.
Since retiring from medicine in 1982 Dr. Murphy has pursued another career as firearms historian and author, culminating in this important two-volume set on the longarms of the Confederacy: Confederate Carbines & Musketoons, and Confederate Rifles & Muskets.Review:
"...a detailed study...students and collectors may find considerable new material...Civil War enthusiasts will also find the book worthwhile." -- Charles R. Suydam, The Gun Report
"...the standard, singularly the most important treatise for understanding and collecting Confederate Carbines and musketoons." -- Norm Flayderman
'...data on Confederate carbines and musketoons rises impressively with this work...this volume serves up a feast for firearms enthusiasts." -- Ashley Halsey
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Book Description Graphic Pub, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1882824180
Book Description Graphic Pub, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111882824180
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