Homework Helper

a guide for students writing reports about the Civil War

We will be glad to give you some pointers for writing your research reports about the Civil War. However, you must take our words and put them down on paper in your own words.


How to Cite this Website Source

A. Articles that have been published in The Civil War News should be cited as:

Authors Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Civil War News,Turnbridge, VT. Month Year. Online. World Wide Web. (Date you accessed article on web). Available http://www.civilwarguns.com.


Bilby, Joe."Rifle Muskets." Civil War News, Turnbridge, VT. June 1997.Online. World Wide Web. October 15, 2000.Available http://www.civilwarguns.com.

B. Articles that have NOT been published anywhere else but this website.

Authors last name, first name. "Title of Article." Civilwarguns. n.pag. Online. World Wide Web. (Date you accessed article online). Available http://www.civilwarguns.com


Beck, Tony. "Spencer Carbines - Part I". Civilwarguns. n. pag. Online. World Wide Web. November 11, 2000. Available http://www.civilwarguns.com.

Suggested Topics

Our website deals with the arms of the War of Northern Aggression. Political factors of the

Civil War and Generals of the Civil War are not a big topic of discussion on our site.

What we do offer is lots of information about the weapons that were used by the soldiers of the Civil War and how they were used.

Weapons of the Civil War

General Topics

Shooting Accuracy During the Civil War


The Musket was the most widely used arm during the Civil War.

These articles will tell you more about muskets.

November 1994, "Mrs. Brady & the Enfield"

June 1997, "Rifle Muskets"

February-March 1998, "Lorenz & Whitworth Updates"

Smoothbore Musket

The oldest type of musket during the Civil War was the Smoothbore Musket, which was like today's 12 guage shotgun. Many of the Smoothbores used by both sides had also been used in the Mexican War or Crimean War.

June 1992, "Smoothbores, Sporting Guns & Sixshooters"

May 1996, ".69 Smoothbores"

May 1997,"Shooting the .69 Smoothbore"

September 1998, "Sweet Little Sixteen"

Musket Rifle

The rifling of barrels was relatively new in military arms in the Civil War. Tactics, or strategies to use the new type of arm, were undeveloped when Ft. Sumter was fired upon.

May 1998, "Brunswick Rifle & New Books"

The Enfield Rifle Musket - The Southern Contract

The Federal Enfield

The Special Model Rifle Musket


The Carbine was an arm developed for use on horseback by the Cavalry.

November 1995, "Carbines of the Civil War"

June 1996, "Burnside Carbine - part 1:History"

July 1996, "Burnside Carbine - part 2:Shooting"

August 1996 "Burnside Carbine - part 3:Rebuilding"

April 1998, "Shooting the Maynard Carbine"

December 1998, "The Navy Arms Smith Carbine"

Merrill Carbines


The Revolver was a new arm in 1860, and there were many types manufactured in many countires.

February/March 1996, "Colt Sixguns & Parker Hale"

November 1991 - "Shooting the #*@!! Revolver"

December 1993 - "Blackpowder Revolver Shooting"

November 1996, "Revolvers of the Civil War"

May 2000, Shooting the Rogers & Spencer Revolver

June 2000, Shooting the Remington New Model Army Revolver


Artillery is the King of Battle.

December 1996, "Civil War Artillery"

June 1998, "Shooting the Coehorn Mortar"

New Weapons Developed in Civil War

July 1991, "The Henry Rifle Then"

August 1991, "The Henry Rifle Today"

February-March 1992, "The Spencer - Then"

April 1992, "The Spencer - Today"

March-April 1997, "Spencer Rifles"

Spencer Carbines - Part 1

Spencer Carbines - Part 2 (updated 6/2000)

Spencer's Repeaters

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