Did the government supply weapons to the soldiers during the civil war or did the soldiers bring their own weapons?

In the South, there was virtually no manufacturing capacity, so the Confederates were keen to use any weapons that could be assembled.

Officers were expected to buy their own sidearms (private property that they were allowed to keep if they surrendered).

But in the Confederates, even the rank-and-file were the kind of people who would own rifles and horses, and the army was happy to accommmodate any supplies you could bring along.

The Union army was more professional and systematic in its armaments supply.






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