|Description||Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver, Type IV - .44 cal., 6-shot rebated cylinder, 8" round barrel, creeping style loading lever. Brass blade front sight, rear sight through v-notch in hammer. Casehardened frame, hammer, and loading lever; remainder blued. One piece walnut grip, brass trigger guard and strap, steel backstrap. Bluing/Mottling +/- 95% worn. Scene depicting the Texas Navy's engagement of 16 May, 1843 is roll engraved on the cylinder - (visible). Scratched - Grip, left bottomside: MM Grip, right bottomside: JGW __Inspector, Proof, Assembly Marks - Barrel, left, near wedge: C Barrel, right, near wedge: D Barrel, underside, at loading lever cutout: S Cylinder: CC and D Backstrap, at hammer: W Triggerguard strap, at guard: W Grip, right side, near bottom: JT (cartouche) __ __Stamped - Barrel at top: - ADDRESS COL. SAM underlined L COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA - Frame, left side: COLTS / PATENT Cylinder: 1216 Barrel lug at bottom, Frame at bottom, Triggerguard at bottom, Backstrap at butt: 81216; JT cartouche is likely John Taylor. (Reilly, USMSA, 267).|
|Owned||James Girard Wiltshire|
|Owner Regiment||43rd Battlaion Virginia Cavalry|
|Made||Colt's Patent Firearms Mfg. Co.|
|Provenance||A colt hand gun used by Lt. James Girard Wiltshire, Mosby's command. According to donor history: "This pistol fired the last shot delivered at the foe by the Army of Northern Virginia. At noon on April 11, 1865, two days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, two companies of Mosby's command, as yet unaware of the surrender, were attacked on the field of Bull Run by the Eighth Illinois regiment of cavalry. A running fight ensued, the Confederates retreating. They reached the swollen stream of Bull Run, and all but three men, Howard Kerfoot, Lt. Wiltshire, and Lt. Frank Carter, had crossed. Just before plunging in Lts' Carter and Wiltshire turned and delivered shots at the enemy. After this there was no more fighting in the Army of Northern Virginia, for that evening Mosby's command learned of Lee's surrender."|
Wiltshire, James G.