The Fayetteville Rifle
was a 2 banded rifled musket
of rifle length produced at the Confederate States Arsenal
in Fayetteville, North Carolina
. The machinery which produced these weapons was primarily that captured at the United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry
, Virginia , which was previously used to produce the US Model 1855 Rifle.
The weapon was produced in .58 caliber from early in 1862 until the capture and destruction of the arsenal by Union forces under General W.T. Sherman
on March 11, 1865.
In February, 1862, the Fayetteville Observer, in describing the beginning of arms’ manufacturing at the arsenal, reported:
<blockquote>A few days ago we were shown one of a number of rifles furnished at the C. S. Armory here. It is much the same in general appearance, as the U.S. rifle for some years made at Harper’s Ferry and at Springfield, Mass.; but for certain improvements, in the matter of sword bayonet, Maynard primer, and perfection of finish in all parts, it must be pronounced very superior. The back sights are set for 800 and 500 yards.</blockquote>
<blockquote>Altogether, we think it the handsomest specimen of small arms, rifle or musket, we have ever seen-reflecting the greatest credit upon all concerned with its manufacture."</blockquote>
The first examples were manufactured using assorted M1855 lock blanks and are mounted in iron with high and medium high lockplate humps. Later examples are mounted in brass with a graceful "S"... Read More