Awhile back I posted a question about Belgian rifles mentioned in correspondence of a Confederate ordnance officer at Abingdon, Virginia. Were these Belgian rifles purchased by the Confederacy or were they from captured arms? In Guns For Cotton, England Arms the Confederacy by Boaz and Firearms From Europe by Noe, Yantz, and Whisker I have only found references to 18,000 Belgian rifles that were part of the cargo of the Bermuda that arrived at Savannah in September, 1861. I suspect that most of the Belgian shoulder arms used by the Confederacy were obtained by capture. Does anyone have additional information or opinions?