Authentic Paper Cartridges
"The arms of the regiment were... the old pattern smooth bore musket, caliber 69... The old weapon was an excellent one at close quarters."
-- Brevet Major General St. Clair Augustin Mulholland, The story of the 116th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, 1899
Authentic 69-caliber living history cartridge tubes -- These cartridges are exact, painstaking blank reproductions of the original 69-caliber ball cartridge. They are almost absurdly realistic. While used extensively in the Civil War primarily from the M1842 smoothbore musket, these rounds are suitable for any 69-caliber smoothbore including the Revolutionary War era flintlock muskets.
These are completely inert reenactment-safe living history cartridges. They contain NO POWDER and NO BULLET: tissue paper is used to safely replicate the round ball used in the period ammunition. You will need to fill the cartridges with the appropriate measure of powder and fold the tails, but otherwise these rounds are ready to fill your cartridge box and take to the field. I've made the tubes plenty long enough to accommodate extra powder for priming the pan, if you're using them for flintlocks.
The originals did not contain a powder cylinder, but I have made these cartridges with an unnoticeable paper barrier to prevent grains of gunpowder from trickling down into the tissue paper "bullet" after you fill the cartridges with powder.
I can fit up to 100 in a single USPS Priority Mail box. If you want more than 100, please e-mail or call.
69-caliber living history cartridges. You will receive the unfolded tubes on the right of the image. After you fill them with powder and fold the tails, they'll look like the cartridges on the left.
These cartridges are made to historical specifications and are completely reenactment safe and 100% inert; they contain no bullets, and the bullets are simulated with tissue paper.
While you may find it faster and easier to buy these ready-made authentic cartridges, you might also consider trying to make them yourself. Check out my page on the historic construction of paper cartridges before and during the US Civil War era.
"...the only pattern of cartridge to be hereafter used with muzzle loading rifled small arms shall be that known as the English pattern of Enfield cartridge."
-- Colonel Josiah Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance, C.S.A., February 9, 1864
Authentic Enfield living history cartridge tubes -- These are reproductions of the Enfield pattern rifle-musket cartridge, used extensively by the Confederacy. Tens of millions came through the blockade, and millions more were produced domestically at Confederate arsenals. They are made to the 1855 pattern set forth in the Queen's Regulation Instruction of Musketry. For more information than you probably ever wanted to know about the P/53 Enfield cartridge and it's many variants, see the Authentic Cartridge page on this site.
The Enfield-style cartridge is underrepresented in reenacting and living history. Like the originals, these Enfield cartridge tubes have a powder cylinder and are lubricated on the "bullet" end with wax.
These are completely inert reenactment-safe living history cartridges. They contain NO POWDER and NO BULLET: tissue paper is used to safely replicate the original Pritchett bullet. You will receive just the cartridge tubes; if you would like them packaged in the historical 10-round packets as pictured, I can do that for $1 a pack.
Once you fill the cartridges with the appropriate measure of powder, they're ready to go directly into your cartridge box. I have reproduction Augusta Arsenal package labels that I will happily include for free with your order, by request.
I can ship up to 120 of them in a single USPS Priority Mail box. If you want more than 120, please e-mail or call.
"Cartridges constructed on these principles present a neat and convenient form for carrying the powder and ball attached to each other... So far as they have been tried in the hands of the troops they have been found to answer a good purpose."
-- Reports of Experiments with Small arms for the Military Service, 1855
Authentic 58-caliber Minie living history cartridges -- Used extensively by both sides in the War Between the States, these .58-cal blank cartridge tubes are made to the period specifications laid down by the U.S. Ordnance Department in 1855 (and approved by then-Secretary of War Jefferson Davis). The cartridges are tied with unbleached linen thread and have an internal powder cylinder, as the original pattern specified.
These are completely inert reenactment-safe living history cartridges. They contain NO POWDER and NO BULLET. Tissue paper is used to safely replicate the original Minie bullet. This was the most extensively used cartridge of the War.
You'll have to fill the cartridges with your own powder and fold the "tails" closed, but other than that, they are ready to take out to the field. For more details on how these cartridges were made and used historically during the Civil War, check out the Authentic Cartridges page.
I can ship up to 120 of them in one box. If you want more than 120, please e-mail or call.