Historic CIVIL WAR Antique MERRILL CAVALRY Carbine WIDELY Used SRC by North & South During the American Civil War
Guns International #: 101333785 Seller's Inventory #: 190112
Category: Civil War Carbines - Antique Rifles - Percussion
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Historic CIVIL WAR Antique MERRILL CAVALRY Carbine
WIDELY Used SRC by North & South During the American Civil War
Here we present an antique Merrill 2nd Type Saddle Ring Cavalry Carbine, made circa 1863, during the American Civil War. These were made by the company of H. Merrill in Baltimore, Maryland (a much divided city leading up to the war), with a total production of 14,500. These carbines are known to have been allocated to the following Union cavalry regiments: NY 1st, 5th and 18th; Pennsylvania 11th, 17th, and 18th; NJ 1st; Indiana 7th; Wisconsin 1st and 3rd; Kentucky 27th; and finally the Delaware 1st. They are also known to have been used by Confederates as they were available before the war or as they would capture them. Confederate ammunition for these were made at the Richmond Laboratory on Brown’s Island in Virginia. It is telling about how many of the carbines the South may have fielded to justify a significant operation making ammunition at the lab.
As an interesting side-note, the Confederate States Richmond Laboratory was the site of the worst home-front disaster in Richmond for the entire war when careless handling of percussion caps caused the several hundred thousand percussion primers, cannon friction primers and 10 lbs. of gun powder to explode, killing at least 44 and seriously injuring 25 more in the small building.
The overall condition is very good. The metal parts are finished bright. The markings are clear. The stock remains smooth with visible cartouches. The wrist has been repaired and is solid. The bore is sharp and shiny. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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