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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2024 5:12 p.m. PST

…During the Battle of Hoover's Gap

"When the Spencer Repeating Rifle was first recommended to the US Department of War, it was turned away due to the notion it would be too expensive and soldiers would be wasteful when firing. However, it was soon adopted by the Union Army, with one of its biggest supporters being John T. Wilder and his "Lightning Brigade."…"

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donlowry18 Jun 2024 4:39 p.m. PST

It was James H. Wilson who made the Spencer carbine the preferred weapon of Union cavalry during his brief tenure as head of the new Cavalry Bureau in the winter of 1863-4.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2024 3:56 p.m. PST



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