Object

Charleville Infantry Musket

Date: 1764 - 1780
About this artifact

Thousands of .69" caliber French-made Model 1763 flintlock muskets like this one were in storage at the United States Arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts, in the 1780s. France had supplied these weapons to the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War (1775-1781). Note the "US" stamp on the rear of the lockplate, indicating United States property. The Massachusetts government militia stationed at the Arsenal on January 25, 1787, drew muskets from the Arsenal stores and used two of the Arsenal cannons. The artillery fire dispersed the approaching Regulators before either side fired a musket.

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Courtesy Springfield Armory National Historic Site, US NPS, Springfield, MA