Funny you mention 1860s, I'm reading a historical novel about a Jim Hanson, a Civil War Sniper with a one of a kind 50 cal rifle. Somehow, I think you'd like it and it helps me get into the 18th Century mindset. IMHO, I think you and an earlier post were correct, it would be one more thing to carry around and our forefathers were nothing if not practical.
BP pistols were favored by Calvery and I find it difficult to believe in the heat & confusion of battle, they w find time to grease a pistol. I have a Ruger 44 BP w adj sights and I never did find the magic receipe for accuracy w it. I've been in & out of the VA hospital last few years and its been a safe Queen for too long. Morphine plays havoc w my accuracy but does wonders for my disposition.
1001 thanks to all members for sharing memories, not many "old timers" left w serious BP experience.
Nice to have a "civil" conversation w/o having to debate why Glock is not the single greatest achievement in the course of human history.