"They traveled a lot lighter than people may think," said Michael Comer of the Department of Natural Resources, who spent Saturday at the museum with displays of items the soldiers carried in the field and fired his musket in hourly demonstrations before presenting a lecture.
"They carried everything on their back, basically," Comer said.
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"You would find religious tracts," Comer said. "Camp life could be boring and reading material was in demand."
On the battlefield, soldiers carried muskets and everything they needed to load them. The musket Comer demonstrated in his Confederate uniform was an 1842 Springfield musket.
"The Confederates got a lot of them because they captured the warehouse in the South they had been stored in," he said.
Soldiers could load and fire their muskets two or three times in one minute, Comer said.
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