Mobile Advertiser & Register
June 15, 1861
CAVALRY WANTED- It will be seen, on reference to the General Orders, in another
column, that Gen. Anderson wishes, for the State services, two thousand
riflemen armed with the Tennessee Rifle, for which the Minnie ball will be
furnished by the State. He also wishes
five companies of Cavalry, each private to be armed with a strong
double-barreled shot gun, which he will provide for himself but which the State
will pay for. Each man to furnish his
recently made by the Military and Financial Board demonstrated that the
Tennessee rifle, with the Minnie ball, is a most effective weapon at long
distances, more accurate and destructive than the rifle musket. The shot gun in the hands of mounted men, is
more serviceable that the Carbine.- [Nashville Patriot]
relative to the experiments referred to is from the same paper:
conducted for several days by direction of the Military and Financial Board, demonstrate
that the Minnie ball, in the Tennessee rifle, with the same charge of powder
used with the round ball, has a range and force three fold that of the round
rifle carrying but 100 balls to the pound, used with the ordinary sight is, at
300 yards, a most deadly weapon, projecting the ball with greater accuracy and
force than the rifled musket. The rifle
of larger caliber has greater range and force.
ball should be less diameter that the round ball, so as to admit of great
rapidity in loading. The cartridges
should be dipped in a compound of beeswax and tallow, and a patch should not be
used. A rifle thus may be fired 100
times without cleaning.
is thought proper to call the attention of the people of the State to this
fact, so that they may know the value of the weapon which all possess.
throughout the State would please copy.
living in all parts of the State are requested to forward them to the Board,
and they will be allowed a liberal compensation for them. We like this movement in Tennessee for
bringing into the service the tried and accustomed arms of the people.