A pair of 3-inch (76mm) Ordnance Rifles keep guard on a Civil War battlefield. Almost 1,000 3-inch Ordnance Rifles went to the Union armies during the war, and testimony to their accuracy came from all parties, including their targets. "The Yankee three-inch rifle was a dead shot at any distance under a mile," proclaimed a Rebel artilleryman. No wonder that the Southerners emulated the weapon as best they could, but more often than not made use of captured guns and ammunition.
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