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Catalog Number 0985.13.00904
Date ca. 1861
Description Springfiled model 1861 rifle musket. Relic condition.
Dimensions L-55.5 inches
Made Springfield
Provenance Rifle/musket dug up on the breastworks on the land of W.E. Gregory.

"In the summer of 1890 this Springfield rifle was dug up from the site of the covered way leading from a point on the Confederate breastworks near the Jerusalem Plank Road to Fort Mahone ("Fort Damnation") on the land of the late Wm. E. Gregory of Prince George County, Virginia…. As its bayonet is fixed and its hammer raised, we may fairly believe that it fell, loaded, from the hands of some Confederate or Union soldier killed or wounded as he was about to pull the trigger in the bloody action and near that fort on the 2nd day of April, 1865."
People Gregory, W. E.
Search Terms found on battlefield
Subjects Firearms