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Object Name Rifle
Catalog Number 0985.13.00048
Date ca. 1854
Description Volcanic Arms rifle, caliber 0.38 with the serial number 79; octagonal barrel, wood stock.
Dimensions L-39 inches
Owned unidentified Union soldier
Owner Regiment Smither: 55th Virginia Infantry
Made Volcanic Arms Company
Event Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
Provenance This rifle was used by Union forces and captured at the Battle at Sailor's Creek (Sayler's Creek). This weapon is a forerunner of the Henry and Winchester rifles. Oscar Winchester bought out Volcanic Arms Company in 1866 and continued production of this same type of firearm in his name.

"A captured Henry rifle that was made in 1854. Used by northern troops at Battle of Sailor's Creek. Rights and patents bought by Oscar Winchester in 1866." (accession ledger)

The donor, Robert S. Smither, served in the 55th Virginia Infantry as an ambulance driver until the end of the war. He would presumably have been present at Sailor's Creek.
People unidentified Union soldier
Smither, Robert S.
Search Terms items captured from Union soldiers (tentative)
items captured by Confederate soldiers (tentative)
items taken by Confederate soldiers (tentative)
items taken from Union soldiers (tentative)
United States Army
Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
Appomattox Campaign
Subjects Firearms