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|Mark, just started reading Walter C. Hilderman's book, " They went into the fight Cheering" Confederate Conscription in North Carolina. Read this passage and thought of your post. Pg. 11,12, Thus, most of North Carolina's early volunteers were issued standard, though dated, military arms and equipment. North Carolina sent ten thousand stand-of-arms to Virginia. By late 1861, the arsenal supply was exhausted. At that time, some North Carolina regiments left Raleigh armed with spear-like weapons called "Pikes" or with no weapons at all.