Rough Riders

Rough Riders (1997)

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Corrected entry: The American troops were issued 30 caliber Krag-Jorgensen breech loading rifles, yet, at the 1:13 hour on the second disc, a trooper is firing what appears to be a civil war-era percussion muzzle loader.


Correction: It is true that the main issue weapon for the US Army in 1898, was in fact the Krag Rifle .30-40 Army. It was only issued to regular infantry, and the carbine was issued to the US Cavalry. Several units STILL had the 1873 .45-70 Govt Springfield Rifle and Carbine, due to lack of money spent by the government to acquire the newly adopted longarm. Along with this, the mixed issuance of both the .45 Colt Peacemaker and the 1890 double action .38 spl Colt and Smith and Wesson revolvers. With National Guard units participating in the campaign, many still had the 1873 Springfield in their armories. My Great Grandfather served with the 1st Vol. Cavalry, which has several National Guard units supporting it, and noted the difference of weapons carried by members of several units. Some had their own sidearms, and a few in the Guard units had brought their own lever action Winchester rifles, many chambered in the older .45-70 Govt round, like shown in the scene with Frederic Remington painting.

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