Remington and Sons was established by gunsmith Eliphalet Remington in 1816. The company manufactured muskets, rifles, shotguns and farm tools. In 1857 Fordyce Beals designed the company's first revolver. This pocket weapon was based on the gun being produced by Derringer. Beals then went on to produce a standard Remington revolver. During the American Civil War the Remington was the second most popular revolver after the one produced by Colt. Many gunfighters, including Frank James, claimed that the Remington revolver was superior to those produced by Samuel Colt.
Last spring the Germans had constructed huge tents in an open space in the Lager. For the whole of the good season each of them had catered for over 1,000 men: now the tents had been taken down, and an excess 2,000 guests crowded our huts. We old prisoners knew that the Germans did not like these irregularities and that something would soon happen to reduce our number.