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Object Name Revolver
Catalog Number 0985.06.00071
Date c.1855
Description Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver - .31 cal., 5-shot round cylinder, 5" octagonal barrel - loose wedge, attached loading lever. Brass pin front sight, rear sight through v-notch in hammer. Casehardened frame, hammer, and loading lever; remainder blued. One piece walnut grip, Silver-plated brass large triggerguard, strap, and backstrap - front triggerguard screw loose and damaged, all triggerguard and backstrap screws damaged. Plating +/- 95% worn. Bluing/Mottling +/- 75% worn, oxidized. Scene depicting a stagecoach hold-up is roll engraved on the cylinder - (not visible - wagon wheels, Colt's Patent and Serial No. boxes barely visible). Proof, Assembly Marks - Barrel lug, left side at frame: T Triggerguard, left shoulder: M Triggerguard, left side, forward trigger: " V" Stamped - Barrel at top: ADDRESS SAM underlined L COLT / NEW YORK CITY; Frame, left side: COLTS / PATENT Cylinder, Barrel lug at bottom, Frame at bottom, Triggerguard at bottom, Backstrap at butt: serial # 165617 . Loading lever, topside: 5617.
Dimensions L-10 inches
Owned James R. Herbert
Owner Regiment 2nd Maryland Infantry
Made Colt's Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.
Event Battle of Gettysburg
Provenance A Colt hand gun used by Lt. Col. James R. Herbert of the 2nd Maryland Infantry (CSA) during the war.

He was wounded in the leg, arm, and abdomen at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. He was captured and sent as POW to Johnson's Island from Baltimore on September 29. He was sent to Fort Monroe, Virginia on October 8, 1864 for exchange. Herbert was in Richmond Hospital on January 24, 1865. He received a furlough to Charlottesville for thirty days. He was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina. He applied for a Presidential pardon on June 26, 1865 and received it on July 26, 1865.
People Herbert, James R.
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Subjects Firearms