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    Buck and ball.  The Irish Brigade was unusual in its continued use of 1842 pattern smoothbores with a buck and ball load, but their commander, Thomas Meagher, insisted upon it.  Buck and ball was the name given a type of charge that contained several pellets of buckshot along with a traditional bullet--a sort of compromise between a rifle and a shotgun.  While this ammunition did not have the range of the rifled muskets that were becoming prevalent in the 1860s, it provided devastasting close-range firepower on many battlefields. 

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    Buck and ball.  The Irish Brigade was unusual in its continued use of 1842 pattern smoothbores with a buck and ball load, but their commander, Thomas Meagher, insisted upon it.  Buck and ball was the name given a type of charge that contained several pellets of buckshot along with a traditional bullet--a sort of compromise between a rifle and a shotgun.  While this ammunition did not have the range of the rifled muskets that were becoming prevalent in the 1860s, it provided devastasting close-range firepower on many battlefields. 

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