NOTE FROM CHRIS FERREE: CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THE LANCASTER RIFLES MENTIONED BELOW AND PURCHASED BY MERIWETHER LEWIS FOR THE FAMOUS LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION IN LANCASTER COULD HAVE COME FROM ANY OF THE FERREE RIFLE MAKERS IN THE PARADISE, PENNSYLVANIA AREA?
Notes from “Undaunted Courage” about Rifles for the Lewis and Clark Expedition to find the route to the Pacific Ocean By Stephen E. Ambrose
Pages 84-85: …In early 1803, Meriwether Lewis went to Harpers Ferry where he purchased 15 muzzle-loading, flintlock, long-barreled rifles, sometimes called “Kentucky” but more properly “Pennsylvania Rifles.”
They were absolutely dependable –the U.S. Model 1803, the first rifle specifically designed for the U.S. Army, .54 – caliber, with a thirty-three-inch barrel. Lewis referred to these weapons as short rifles, for they were considerably shorter than the civilian Pennsylvania rifle.
Pages 86-87: …On April 19, 1803, Lewis arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. …. While at Lancaster, Lewis picked up additional rifles. How many is not known, nor why he couldn’t get all he wanted at Harpers Ferry. They may have been improved models, since Lancaster was the manufacturing center for long rifles. But his list of necessary items, and of quantities required, continued to grow, indicating that at Harpers Ferry he had decided the expedition had to be a party considerably larger than a dozen men.