CIVIL WAR Antique SHARPS 1863 CAVALRY CARBINE
ICONIC Rifle in Original Percussion Configuration
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1863 Rifle & a , made circa 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut. The most famous, single-shot percussion firearm used during the Civil War was the Sharps carbine, a .52 caliber breech-loading firearm invented and patented by Hartford native Christian Sharps. Over 100,000 Sharps rifles and carbines were purchased and used by the federal government during the American Civil War. These powerful, accurate and reliable rifles certainly saw history from a firsthand perspective during the conflicts leading up to the Civil War, the war itself, and beyond on the frontier.
There are two cartouches on the left stock above and below the saddle ring bar reading “TWR” for US Sub-Ordnance Inspector Thomas W. Russell. This example comes with a copy of THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA; COMPRISING A FULL AND IMPARTIAL ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND PROGRESS OF THE REBELLION OF THE VARIOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS, OF THE HEROIC DEEDS PERFORMED BY ARMIES AND INDIVIDUALS, AND OF TOUCHING SCENES IN THE FIELD, THE CAMP, THE HOSPITAL, AND THE CABIN Volume I by John S. C. Abbot. This was his 1864 printing, while the war was still being fought. It contains pictures of political and military leadership from both sides, as well as renderings of various battles. This is a major look at what was going through people’s minds at the time of the conflict.
This book is signed on one of the initial blank pages by Henry O. Peck (1835-1874) of Passumpsic, Vermont. Henry Peck enlisted during the American Civil War as a Private on 16 September 1862, at the age of 27. A month later, 22 October he was mustered into Company F of the 15th Vermont Infantry. Below is the unit’s record during the war per the National Park Service.
At Camp Chase, Arlington, Va., October 26-28, 1862, and at East Capital Hill till October 30. March to Munson’s Hill March 30, thence to Hunting Creek November 5. At Camp Vermont, near Hunting Creek, till November 26. Picket duty at Occoquan Creek November 26-December 4. At Camp Vermont till December 12. Picket duty near Fairfax Court House December 12, 1862, to January 20, 1863. At Fairfax Station till March 24. At Union Mills till May 7. At Bealeton till May 18. At Union Mills till June 15. At Bristoe Station, Catlett’s Station and Manassas till June 25. March to Gettysburg, Pa., June 25-July 1. Detached at Westminster as train guard till July 4. Pursuit of Lee July 4-18. Moved to Brattleboro, Vt., July 18-21, and mustered out August 5, 1863.
The overall condition is good. The action is strong. The bore is in good shape with strong rifling and minor spotting throughout. The rear sight has been replaced. Two wonderful pieces of history that can be yours!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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