Replacing Civilian Weapons
This thread spins off from another one in this forum about Kentucky long rifles, and some posts that made reference to a limited number of civilian rifles and muskets in the ranks that were soon replaced.
Actually, I do recall reading one book (An Untutored Genius) on Nathan Bedford Forrest that dealt with that same subject. The author is a PhD, and the work is extensively footnoted with references (just an attempt to lend a little credibility). According to this author, as late as 1864 when Forrest was having to raise troops the citizens were falling in with whatever they happened to have on hand -- shotguns, squirrel rifles, etc. But as some have already said in posts, these civilian weapons were replaced as soon as possible.
Is my memory faulty here? I may be remembering incorrectly from a book that I read almost two years ago.
It had crossed my mind some years back to purchase a civilian rifle (in addition to my Springfield) for selected events.
"I am not a general, nor the son of a general, but having been right on the ground for four years, feel that I am entitled to an opinion." (William E. Bevens, First Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.)