I added a new article to my website which clearly lays out US manufacture of Pinfire cartridges for the Civil War. There is a lot of misinformation on who made cartridges and who contracted with whom and the shear extent of their use. This article uses information that is available in a variety of sources, as well as a couple new documents from the National Archive that have never been published, and gives a good overview.
http://www.freemycollection.com/?page=articles/pinfireuse is a link to the actual article too. Also on my site is a couple other interesting articles. There will be a couple really big updates to the site’s design and content in the next month or so too so feel free to continuing checking out http://www.freemycollection.com!
Here is a copy of the article. It may take a few seconds to load if on a slow connection:
Feel free to add any input and offer additional incite anyplace you may think I am off track too!