GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????
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Mon Jan 30 11:19:24 CST 2012
Don't mean to put a pin in the man's balloon but all my life there has
been an odd phenomenon with "Civil War rifles. As a kid in Ohio several kids
would show their "Civil War rifles".
I've had adult friends do the same. But I've never had anyone tell me the
exact story of the gun.. Nor did they ever say that ancester carried it at
Gettysburg, for example.
It seems like any old gun that people own is referred to as a Civil War
I kinda think the things could be anything. They continued making
percussion rifles after the war. And they make pretty authentic looking
Further, I am of the understanding that at the end of the war the Yanks
turned in their rifles when leaving the army. The Confs were required, as
losers, to turn in their weapons as part of getting paroled.
I am sure that some soldiers were able to get their rifle home with them
but I can't see it being that common.
To add to this, it may be possible to produce limited provenance for the
piece if a person wanted to do the dirty work of tracing the Army records at
the national Archives.
The Army being the Army whenever possible they kept pretty careful
records. If you get the serial numbers and can locate the records you ought to be
able to trace the disposition trail of the weapon all the way down to
regimental level when the individual soldier received his weapon. After that
anything could have happened?
Has your neighbor taken it to a collector or appraiser? That might
produce some interesting stories.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/30/2012 8:36:05 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
pennmardel at mchsi.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
A neighbor has a rifle that supposedly was used during the CW which he says
is an 1841 Springfield. Cannot find that weapon listed, but there is the
following listing online:
Model 1841 U.S. Percussion Rifle (National Armory alteration)
Altered by Harpers Ferry Armory and Springfield Armory; c. 1855-1860. Total
altered about 8,879. Alteration consisted of reboring the barrel to 58
caliber, and replacing the ramrod by an all steel type having exaggerated
trumpet head profile without brass tip.
If my neighbor's rifle falls into the above category, why would it be
a Springfield rifle? Did these rifles take the name of the armory where
they were altered? Also, were they used during the CW, and how common were
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