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Object Name Revolver
Catalog Number 0985.00.00061
Date c. 1861
Description Savage-North Navy Model; .36 caliber, 6 shot, octagonal barrel; two piece walnut grip and heart shaped trigger guard. Engraved on the butt: "J.W. Wheeler".Address stamped on frame strap above cylinder: SAVAGE R.F.A. CO. MIDDLETOWN. CT / H.S.NORTH PATENTED JUNE 17 1856 / JANUARY 18 1859 MAY 15 1860
Dimensions L-14 inches
Owned Joseph Wheeler (tentative); Edmund H. Russell
Owner Regiment Russell - 14th Pennsylvania Militia, Co. K
Made Savage Revolving Firearms Company, Middletown, Connecticut
Event Maryland Campaign (tentative)
Provenance According to the donor, this revolver was used by Confederate Major General Joseph Wheeler. It was brought back from the war by Col. Edmund H. Russell, and was found among his belongings following his death in 1874. According to the donor, the revolver was taken from Gen. Wheeler by Col. Russell.

An Edmund H. Russell who died in 1874 is recorded as having served as 1st Lieutenant in in Co. K, 14th Pennsylvania Militia, which organized September 12-16, 1862, and discharged two weeks later on September 26-28, 1862. (This militia was formed in response to the Pennsylvania Governor's call to defend the state against the threat of Confederate aggression, as that army invaded Maryland during the Maryland Campaign.) Thus it seems highly unlikely that he would have been able to capture this weapon from General Wheeler, who was in the Western Theater throughout 1862. Instead, it may have been acquired by Lt. Russell during his militia service in the Maryland Campaign.
People Wheeler, Joseph (tentative)
Russell, Edmund H.
Search Terms items captured by Union soldiers (tentative)
items captured from Confederate soldiers (tentative)
items taken from Confederate soldiers (tentative)
items taken by Union soldiers (tentative)
United States Army
Maryland Campaign (tentative)
Subjects Firearms
Guns