There were three models of Sharps carbines issued during the war to the 1st California Cavalry: the M1853, M1855 and New Model 1859 and each used identical .52 calibre linen cartridges. Be wary of erroneous notion, found in several popular books on western firearms, that the Dragoons had left their Sharps carbines, revolvers and sabres behind in California when they headed to the East. Not so. Regimental Ordnance reports and muster rolls reveal that the Dragoons were fully armed when they shipped out for the East. In point of fact that troops were fully armed to protect bullion shipments sent with them.
PS enjoyed your recent book on the Civil War in Arizona and George Stammerjohan gives his regards.
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