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The Confederate LeMat Revolver

by Adams, Doug
Publisher: Mowbray Publishing
Retail Price: $29.99
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 1931464200

Judged by the New Orleans Military Board to be an important improvement on Colt's revolver, the pistol designed by French physician Jean Francois Alexander LeMat offered new hope to Confederates in search of a more effective sidearm. Yet like its Southern patrons, the combination revolver and shotgun succumbed to competitors who boasted more funding and greater capital. Doug Adams traces the life of LeMat, his struggle to secure financial backing for the unique firearm, and the Frenchman's wartime adventures alongside celebrated leaders of the Confederacy.

review of The Confederate LeMat Revolver, by Adams, Doug, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).