GDG- 1841 Springfield rifle - JIM CAMERON

cameron2 at optimum.net cameron2 at optimum.net
Tue Jan 31 08:17:23 CST 2012


<<  I've held one of those guns on Cemetery Ridge (thank you very much!) can 
you tell us about the other?  >>

It's a Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle Musket, manufactured in Birmingham for export to either the US or CS, carried by a Private in the 21st Mississippi.  He fought in every battle that Barksdale's Brigade took part in through Chickamauga, where he deserted.  His home town was just outside of Vicksburg, so perhaps that had something to do with it.  Interestingly enough, after taking the Oath of Allegience and being released, he enlisted in an Indiana cavalry regiment, which either didn't know about his Confederate background, or didn't care, and was back in Vicksburg when the war ended.

Jim Cameron


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