GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle????
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CWMHTours at aol.com
Mon Jan 30 12:18:13 CST 2012
No serial numbers. THNX. Did not know. Assumed they did.
The Civil War News has advertisements for gunshows all over the country.
If there is a convenient show sometime I'd recommend going down and getting
at least 3 appraisals from the experts. Their mouths may just water if it
is something interesting.
I'd get more than one opinion as sometimes those people disagree.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/30/2012 12:38:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
cameron2 at optimum.net writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
<< I've had adult friends do the same. But I've never had anyone tell me
exact story of the gun.. Nor did they ever say that ancester carried it at
Gettysburg, for example. >>
I've got a couple of Gettysburg guns. Not carried by an ancester, however.
<< Further, I am of the understanding that at the end of the war the
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. >>
Union soldiers could purchase their musket and accouterments when
mustering out. Some did, some didn't. My GGGrandfather's service records show
that he paid for two muskets when he went home. Wish I knew what became of
<< 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
anything could have happened? >>
CW muskets didn't have serial numbers. About the only shoulder arms that
did were cavalry carbines, or rifles based on carbine actions, such as the
Spencer or the Sharps. But even there, the surviving records are extremely
limited. I only know who carried my Gettysburg guns because the soldiers
were kind enough to carve their names into the stocks.
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