Re: Captured CS made arms in Union use
According to one account, after the battle of Gettysburg, a large portion of the 15th New Jersey tossed their issued weapons, about which there had been much grumblings and complaints, and replaced them with CS Richmond rifles gathered from the fields. These were used until later in the year when newer weapons were issued to them.
I've got the account in one of my files. I'll try and scare it up and post the source for you.
However, it's the exception, and not the rule, and represented only a temporary solution to an equipment problem.
Polar Star Lodge #114