By: Windlass Steelcrafts
The bayonet has served many years but most notable was its use in the 3 day long battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. The Union came under heavy attack by two confederate regiments at Little Round Top hill in attempt to flank the entire Union Army. The fight went on for hours and ammunition was running scarce. If the Union regiment the 20th Maine were to retreat the entire union line would be flanked as well as further regiments would be endangered in the vicinity. It was crucial that this position was held at all costs. With ammunition nearly depleted Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain sent the order to his men to “affix bayonets”. The 20th main went on a full scale melee charging the enemy down the hill. In this last ditch effort these brave men routed the entire two confederate regiments securing their position.
The bayonet can be attached to the muzzle of the rifle, to give a soldier an extra long reach. Good for charging attacks much like the “medieval” thrusting spears and polearms they were crude but effective melee weapons and effective in close quarter battles. This 1853 modal was designed for the three band Enfield long rifle, it includes a brass mounted leather scabbard for carrying it on your belt when not affixed. The bayonet was often used around camp as well as an all purpose utility knife or tool.
These pieces are hand forged in a traditional forging facility by professional and passionate blade smiths. They are made from a properly tempered 1055 high carbon steel with a thick triangular cross section which is ideal for powerful thrusts into hard and soft targets. Complete with a leather sheath and are perfect for civil war reenactments.
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