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Object Name Rifle
Catalog Number 0985.13.00900
Date ca. 1861
Description Gibbs breechloading rifle with an octagonal barrel; lever used to work hinge on break-open breech; stock modified from hunting rifle; inset mounted figure decoration in shoulder stock.
Dimensions L-47 inches
Owned James E. A. Gibbs ; unidentified Confederate soldier
Owner Regiment Rockbridge Home Guards
Made James E. A. Gibbs, Raphine, Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1861
Event Battle of Piedmont
Provenance James E. A. Gibbs of Raphine in Rockbridge County, Virginia invented and built this rifle in 1861. He used this weapon during the Battle of Piedmont. Only seven of these weapons were made due to scarcity of materials.

This rifle was owned and used by the grandfather of the donor.

[One of the donor's grandfathers was James Boswell Rawlings of Virginia, 1809-1882, whose son Benjamin C. Rawlings, was the first Virginian to volunteer in the war, by heading to South Carolina to enlist.]
People Gibbs, James E. A.
unidentified Confederate soldier
Subjects Firearms