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Object Name Pistol
Catalog Number 0985.13.00149
Date c. 1838
Description Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol, .54 cal., smoothbore, 8 1/2" round barrel, brass blade front sight, oval rear sight on barrel tang. Overall length 14". One piece walnut stock. Swivel type steel ramrod with button shaped head. All iron mountings. Barrel band has strap extension joining sideplate. Backstrap forged integral with buttcap, and extends to the tang. Trigger guard riveted to trigger plate. Lockplate flat with beveled edge ahead of hammer, round at rear. Casehardened lockplate and hammer, blued trigger, all other iron parts finished bright. Converted to percussion, using drum type conversion. 1838 Inspector, Proof, Assembly Marks - Barrel breech: U.S. / JH / P Side of breech: H Stock near sideplate: JH (cartouche) MPL (cartouche) Left of sideplate: F Sideplate, middle: M Triggerguard mount, forward of guard: H and M __ __Stamped - Lock, forward hammer: A. WATERS / MILBURY, MS / 1838 with a right facing, open mounthed eagle head stamped above the A. W, plus an indiscernable square stamp at right of maker. Barrel breech, left of U.S.: N. CAROLINA - Eagle head shows on (Flayderman, 3d, 292). A similar eagle head and lock with E ahead of maker marks similar to indiscernable square shows in (Reilly, USMSA, 189-192). Another similarly marked pistol, with N. CAROLINA and eagle's head appears in (Murphy & Maddaus, Confederate Rifles & Musk., 192-193). JH cartouche likely Joseph Harniss, MPL likely M. Paige Lomax. (Reilly, USMSA, 267)
Dimensions L-14 inches
Owned R. McJones
Owner Regiment 1st Virginia Infantry, Co. C
Made A. Waters
Event Battle of Fort Stevens / Washington
Provenance Said to have been captured from a Federal lieutenant of cavalry by Lieutenant R. McJones of Co. C, 1st Virginia Infantry at the Battle of Washington in 1864.
People unidentified Union soldier
McJones, R.
Search Terms items captured from Union soldiers
items captured by Confederate soldiers
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
United States Army
Subjects Firearms