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The Army board convened to decide on new infantry small arms meets for the first time in Washington.

Civil War Battle, iconic image
03/10/1866

The new Ordnance Board charged with finding the best quick-loading infantry rifle for issue to the post-Civil War army met in Washington DC with General Winfield Scott Hancock in the chair.  Other members included Colonel J.G. Benton of the Ordnance Department and Lieutenant-Colonels Horace Porter and Wesley Owens.  The board met for several months without making any single specific recommendation but meanwhile the conversion of existing stocks of Springfield rifles to the new technology proceded apace and soon large numbers of units were armed with breech-loaders.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Army of the United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 38.

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