J.D. McKAHAN PENNSYLVANIA Long Rifle BATTLE of PEACHTREE CREEK Casualty
Full Stock Rifle Made in WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA!
Here we present an antique Full-Stock Pennsylvania Long Rifle in .42 Caliber by John D. McKahan of Washington, Pennsylvania circa the 1850s. John D. McKahan was born in 1824 and was a gunmaker in Washington from around 1840 until the beginning of the Civil War. He served in his local militia, the “Washington Blues”, 3rd Brigade, 17th PA Militia from 1852 through 1856. On 20 April 1861, McKahan mustered into Co. “H”, 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Per the National Park Service unit history, the 46th would:
Guard and outpost duty on the Upper Potomac till February, 1862. Advance on Winchester March 1-12, 1862. Near Winchester March 7. Occupation of Winchester March 12. Ordered to Manassas, Va., March 18, and return to Winchester. Pursuit of Jackson up the Valley March 24-April 7. Columbia Furnace April 16: Skirmish at Gordonsville and Keazletown Cross Roads April 26. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley May 15-June 17. At Strasburg till May 20. Retreat to Winchester May 20-25. Front Royal May 23. Kernstown and Middletown May 24. Battle of Winchester May 25. Retreat to Williamsport May 25-26. At Williamsport till June 10. Moved to Front Royal June 10-18. Reconnoissance to Luray June 29-30. Luray June 30. At Warrenton, Gordonsville and Culpeper, July. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Guard trains during the Bull Run battles. Manassas Junction August 28. Maryland Campaign September 6-24. Battle of Antietam September 16-17 (Reserve). Duty in Maryland till December 10. March to Fairfax Station December 10-14, and duty there till January 19, 1863. “Mud March” January 20-24. Moved to Stafford Court House and duty there till April 27. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (PA) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock till September. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala,, September 24-October 3. Guard duty on Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad till April, 1864. Regiment re-enlisted January of 1864. Atlanta Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Near Cassville May 19. New Hope Church May 25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Gilgal, or Golgotha Church, June 15. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb’s Farm June 22. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff’s Station or Smyrna Camp Ground July 4. Chattahootchie River July 5-17. Battle of Peach Tree Creek July 19-20.
John would die July 25, 1864 of wounds received at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia and was buried July 20th in Atlanta. However, the 46th would continue on to lay siege to Atlanta, occupy the city, before continuing on to the Carolinas. The regiment would be there for the surrender of Johnston’s Army on April 26 of 1865, stand for Grand Review May 24th and muster out July 16, 1865.
This rifle would have been used to hunt medium to large sized game or dispatching the enemy from greater distances than most other muskets could fire accurately at that time. This rifle features a heavy octagonal barrel in .42 caliber, large enough to take big game or a man. This rifle also comes equipped with double set triggers for a light and crisp trigger break. Wonderfully striped maple was used in the making of this stock and a large brass patchbox installed into the right side. This is one magnificent Pennsylvania rifle.
The overall condition is near fine. The action is strong and tight. The bore is in fabulous condition with sharp rifling. The markings are clear. A truly fine American made rifle that represents so much history!
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Barrel is 38-1/2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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