The often-quoted assertion that “History is written by the victors” is attributed to Winston Churchill, and while others have used it, and even reworded it, no matter how it’s phrased, it isn’t necessarily true. Sometimes, those on the losing side write their own stories. This certainly applies to the Civil War, which concludes its sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. Over the past four years, Guns of the Old West has examined various firearms used throughout the war, and from the standpoint of weapons built between 1861 and 1865, the South did a remarkable job of writing its own chapter. In this issue we review “Civil War Classics,” a dozen 150 year-old weapons that have been faithfully reproduced today. Look Inside »