Re: bp revolvers ????
after the battles, the soldiers that were still alive and in fighting condition for the next battle would scavenge the battlefield of the dead and take any cylinders or guns that might help them in the next battle. At the beginning of the battle they may have 3 or 4 handguns stuck in their belts along with as many charged cylinders that would easily change out like the new army cyl. and just toss them aside as the fight progressed. If they survived they could come back later perhaps and pick up more replacements for the next fight. After many battles they found barrels stuffed past the mid point with balls and powder. During the confusion many a gun was loaded over and over again without a ball leaving the barrel. At Gettysburg one was found with 21 balls and charges in the same barrel. I suppose it was easy to get excited and so noisy you couldn't hear your own gun fire. They found thousands of guns with multiple charges and balls in them, totally unfireable, yet still being charged and capped and shot, thinking they were shooting and fighting. Pure HELL. best wishes, ray