Re: Brown Bess Rebs?
It would most definitely depend on what the desired impression was. For early war or rear echelon duties, perhaps, if besses can be documented, or at least have even been a possibility. I would assume these type weapons might have been found in the units that had quite a few men unarmed. When the need is great enough, age and effectiveness doesn't matter near as much.
John, just out of curiosity, could you explain what you mean by the "family of US martial flintlocks that have significant differences" that are referred to by the name "1816?" I know there are variations on the different models of the 1816 musket, but these variations were slight.
Can't some of our good friends send us some tobacco? We intend to "hang up our stockings." if they can't send tobacco, please send us the seed, and we will commence preparing the ground; for we mean to defend this place till h-ll freezes over, and then fight the Yankees on the ice.
Private Co. A, Cook's Reg't, Galveston Island.