In this video, John Rob meets Jon Houglum, a well-known artist living in Franklin, NC. Jon demonstrates how to load and shoot a Civil War musket. First, it's a good idea to clean the muzzle with a cleaning patch and rod.
Did you know the ball never touches the inside of the Civil War-era musket, never touching the barrel? It slides down the barrel in loading and slides out in discharge, with the help of a little Teflon. See for yourself.