|CIVIL WAR INFANTRY LEATHER CARTRIDGE BOX HS-7702 by SZCO
Used to keep cartridges dry and at the ready, the cartridge box was a necessity for every soldier bearing arms. It was worn on the soldier's right hip, on the waist belt, or sometimes on a shoulder belt. This William Rawle style Cartridge Box contains 36 holes but is a much smaller sized box because the 36 holes are arranged with 18 each in the top and bottom of the wooden block. A flap and strap cover the lower 18 cartridges; when the first 18 are gone, a pull of the upper end of the strap lifts out the block so it can be reversed in the pouch. The box is made of heavy saddle leather construction. There is also a tool pocket on the inside. Can be worn on Waist Belt or carried with a Cartridge Box Sling using buckles for adjustable positioning. (Belt and Sling Sold Separately)
The armament and accouterments of the Civil War soldier were varied, but the most common weapon was the three-banded, muzzle-loaded, rifle musket with an effective range up to 600 yards. A marksman could hit a target at 1,000 yards, although most battles were fought around 200. The musket fired a one-ounce conical lead bullet which upon impact took everything with it.
The soldier carried what he needed. Required companions to a musket, on his belt he wore a cartridge box, a cap pouch, and bayonet scabbard. The cartridge box would often carry 40 pre-measured black powder cartridges with lead bullets, and the cap pouch would contain his percussion caps. These caps were necessary to ignite the black powder in the weapon after the cartridge contents had been open loaded into the gun barrel.
• Width: 9.5 inches
• Depth: 3 inches
• Height: 6.25 inches closed
• Made of high grade leather
• Features an Inner Flap
• Tool pocket on the inside
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