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regiment tried, and failed, to return
their arms, which they considered
"very defective." More importantly,
there was virtually no ammunition
available for the muskets on hand.
An officer had to travel to New York
City to buy 3,500 ball cartridges
and 10,000 percussion caps at a
gun store on Broadway, arriving at
Trenton just as the brigade left for
Washington on May 3.
The Jerseyans arrived in the
capitol on May 6 and on May 11
marched to the Washington arsenal
to trade their state-issue arms for
federal-issue arms. Anticipating
rifle-muskets, they were sorely
disappointed when they swapped
their percussion-conversion
smoothbores for federal arms
of the same type. They actually
thought themselves worse off,
since the guns they turned in had
browned barrels and the new ones
were polished steel, adding to
their military maintenance chores.
New York had a mere 1,500 firearms of all sorts in storage in 1861
and at the outset of the war made an
emergency request to Springfield
Armory. By the end of April the state
received 23,000 muskets, all of them
Model 1842 smoothbores.Virtually
all of the New York units that shipped
out to Washington in the first months
of the war were armed with those
1842s; one notable exception was the
11th New York Infantry, also known as
Ellsworth's Fire Zouaves, after their
colonel, Elmer Ellsworth. Ellsworth
had initiated the Zouave craze by
touring the country with his Chicago
Zouave Cadets before the war and
had worked in Abraham Lincoln's
law office, which probably accounts
for the fact that the 11th was issued
Model 1855 rifle-muskets.
Military leaders North and South
concluded that the best way to
employ the limited number of rifled
arms available to the state militia
and new volunteer regiments was
to ration them, as had occurred
by default with the Georgians.
Capt. Thomas F. Meagher's Zouave
company of the Irish-American 69th
New York State Militia were issued


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