TITLE

The Springfield Trapdoor rifle was not only ineffective, it also drew enemy fire on soldiers using it

AUTHOR(S)
Pinckney, Roger
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Military History;Mar2007, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents several stories involving the use of Trapdoor Springfield rifle in U.S. military battles. The 71st New York Volunteers led by former lieutenant colonel Theodore Roosevelt encountered difficulty with the rifles during a battle against the Spanish troops on the outskirts of Santiago, Cuba on July 1, 1898. The War Department preferred the Trapdoor because it looked like a proper rifle. In 1870, the Army disapproved to replace the Trapdoor with Remington rifle due to possible patent infringement claims.
ACCESSION #
23935243

 

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