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War MattersMaterial Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Joan E. Cashin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.001.0001

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The Material Culture of Weapons in the Civil War

The Material Culture of Weapons in the Civil War

(p.99) 5 The Material Culture of Weapons in the Civil War
War Matters
Earl J. Hess
University of North Carolina Press

Troops in both armies cherished their guns, not only as weapons necessary for their survival, but also as an extension of the physical self. They sometimes domesticated their guns by giving them nicknames or adorning them with slogans. After the war, they had fond memories of their weapons and could be deeply moved by the sight of a gun displayed in a public place.

Keywords:   Weapons, Rifle muskets, Small arms, Guns, Gun-adept, Gun-inept, Archaeology, Trench art, Gender, Human body

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