A year ago, I did not know what carbines and lathes were or even what the U.S. Ordnance Department did. Yet, with the help of the people listed below and many others, I have now become well informed on those topics. In starting this project, I took on something that was far larger than myself in terms of resources and previous knowledge. I could not have met this challenge without the assistance of others. Their helpfulness, support, and enthusiasm were remarkable. Thank you to all those who helped me along the way, especially...
Dr. Brian Schoen, my advisor
for meeting my frustration with constant patience, encouragement, support, and new ideas; suggesting that I make this website; and editing all 184 pages of this project
The Frederick H. Boston Research and Travel Fellowship
for proving me with funds to travel for my research, including my trip to Fairfax, VA and Washington D.C. and my second trip to Cincinnati, OH
for introducing me to this topic, for helping me get started with my research, and for your help throughout my research
for constantly providing me with connections, information and opportunities to learn more about the history of firearms as well as the Civil War and for giving me the opportunity to shoot historical arms (one of my favorite lessons for this project)
Cyrus Moore III
for giving me suggestions and advice in both my topic and resources and for allowing me to shoot your flintlock musket and Springfield Rifle (that allowed me to understand more fully the differences in technology)
for explaining the complexities of lathes and milling machines in a way that I could understand, sharing the history of machine tools, and giving me the opportunity to shoot historical arms
for providing me with connections to resources and giving me the opportunity to shoot historical arms
for allowing me to look at several carbines and showing me how multiple carbines functioned
for demonstrating and teaching me about hand-operated rifling machines
The Cincinnati History Library staff
for their continued assistance as I searched through their archives. Your excellant help cannot go unnoticed.
American Precision Museum, especially Director Ann Lawless and Collections Technician John Alexander
for providing great resources for the Manufacturing Advancement pages. Your help and suggestions were greatly appreciated.
National Firearms Museum, especially Curator of Programs Matthew Sharpe & Senior Special Project Coordinator Caroline Simms
for providing me with pictures and the opportunity to take pictures of carbines featured on this website. Being able to hold those carbines and see their breech movements first hand was very helpful for my study.
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta, Ohio
for hosting the Gunmakers and Artisan Show, where antique guns were shown. That allowed me to learn about gun technology before the Civil War and, thus, understand how far gun and machine tool technology had come by the end of the Civil War.
Terri Murray, my aunt
for providing me with a place to stay during part of my research and resources
Emily Murray, my cousin
for giving me advice about writing a senior thesis and for providing me with some Civil War resources
Allison Venturella, my sister
for giving up part of her spring break to help me take pictures of artifacts and wade through 19th century Ordnance records
Lastly, thank you to all of my friends and family, especially my parents
for their support and encouragement throughout this process and laughter in stressful times