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Object Name Rifle, Repeating
Catalog Number 0985.13.00080
Date ca. 1863
Description Henry Lever Action repeating rifle, .44 caliber octagonal barrel containing a rear sight mortise; black walnut stock. The rifle contains a patent date of October 16, 1860, manufactured at New Haven Arms Co., and a serial number, "1950" on top near the sight. Engraved on obverse breach block "Charlotte, N. C., April 22, 1865 / to Colonel G. A. Martin, C. S. A. / for the President's defense / by Staff Officer [Burton Harrison] of / Jefferson Davis / P. C. S."
Dimensions L-43.5 inches
Owned George A. Martin
Owner Regiment 20th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery, Co. B 38th Virginia Infantry, Co. I, "St. Bride's Artillery"
Made B. Tyler Henry, New Haven Arms Company, New Haven, Connecticut
Event flight and capture of Jefferson Davis, 1865
Provenance Lt. Col. George Alexander Martin owned this Henry rifle. It was presented to him in Charlotte, NC, in honor of his being a staff officer in defense of President Jefferson Davis during his flight from Richmond in 1865.
People Martin, George Alexander
Search Terms flight and capture of Jefferson Davis, 1865
Subjects Firearms