ISSUED AND IDENTIFIED Sharps Model 1863 Percussion Cavalry Carbine with Provenance
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Category: Sharps Rifles - Antique - Civil War Carbines
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Seller: CNY Collectibles
Company: CNY Collectibles
Member Since: 8/24/10
First Name: Doug
Last Name: Buschatzke
State: New York
Country: United States
Phone: (315) 251-4799
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Eli T. Trickel (also spelled Trickle in some of the records) was born in 1846. He was a young farmer when he enlisted on 1/5/1864 at Danville, IL as a private and was mustered into Co. C of the 10th Illinois Cavalry. At his enlistment, he was described as 5' 6" tall, dark complexion, black eyes, dark hair. On 1/27/1865, he was transferred to Co. B of the same unit. He survived the war and married Catherine Covalt (or Covault) in 1867. Together they had 3 sons and 2 daughters. The July 1870 census for Harwood Township, Champaign County, Illinois lists Eli, Catherine, and 2 children. The June 1880 census for the village of Rantoul, Champaign County, Illinois lists Eli, Catherine, and 4 children. The June 1900 census lists Eli, Catherine, and the last child, son Eli A. Trickel, still residing in Rantoul. He applied for his Army pension in 1877. Mr. Trickel passed away April 20, 1907 and is buried with his wife, who passed away Dec. 20, 1916, at the Maplewood Cemetery in Rantoul, Illinois. Provenance included with the carbine will include his enlistment record from the American Civil War Research Database, his General Index Card, printouts of the 10th Illinois unit history, details of 2 important Civil War battles (Elkin's Ferry and Prairie D'Ane), copies of the pages from the Coates & McCaulay book "Civil War Sharps Carbines & Rifles" showing the issue of this carbine to him, copies of the 3 census pages noted above, his pension card, and his and his wife's death information and grave site/grave marker picture.
The following is the unit history for the 10th Illinois Cavalry:
Organized at Camp Butler, Ill., and mustered in November 25, 1861. Moved to Quincy, Ill., December 20, thence to Benton Barracks, Mo., March 13, 1862. Moved to Springfield, Mo., April 4. Attached to District of Southwest Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to October, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to December, 1862. Unattached, Army of the Frontier, to February, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Frontier, to May, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, District of Southeast Missouri, to August, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Arkansas Expedition, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Army of Arkansas, to January, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to May, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, 7th Army Corps, to April, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Military Division West Mississippi. to May, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Military Division West Mississippi, to July, 1865. Dept. of Texas to November, 1865.
Near Waynesville, Mo., May 31, 1862 (Co. "K"). Neosho May 31. Expedition to Keittsville, Mo., July 8-20. Near Fayetteville, Ark., July 15. Moved to Vera Cruz August 10, to Marshfield August 16, and duty there, operating from Springfield to Cane Hill, Ark., till November 13. Marshfield, Mo., October 20 (Detachment). Clark's Mills, Douglass County, November 7 (Co. "C"). Battle of Prairie Grove, Ark., December 7. 3rd Battalion (Cos. "C," "F," "I" and "M") moved to Fayetteville, Ark., December 8, and duty there till March, 1863, rejoining Regiment in Missouri. Expedition over Boston Mountains to Van Buren December 27-29, 1862 (Cos. "B," "E," "H" and "L"). 2nd Battalion (Cos. "B," "E," "H" and "L") moved to Huntsville January, 1863, and joined Totten. Moved to Flat Creek February, 1863, thence to Rolla, Mo. Scout from Fayettevilie to Van Buren January 23-27, 1863 (3rd Battalion). Mulberry Springs January 27. Scout from Fayetteville to Arkansas River February 5-12 (3rd Battalion). Thelkelds' Ferry February 6. Near Van Buren February 10. Operations against Marmaduke April 17-May 2. Jackson April 26. At Pilot Knob till July. Steele's Campaign against Little Rock July 1-September 10. Bayou Metoe, or Reed's Bridge, August 27. Bayou Fourche and capture of Little Rock September 10. Pursuit of Price September 11-13. Near Little Rock September 11. Duty at Little Rock till March, 1864. Steele's Expedition to Camden March 23-May 3. Elkin's Ferry April 3-4. Prairie D'Ann April 9-13. Jenkins' Ferry, Camden, April 15. Near Camden April 20. Jenkins' Ferry, Saline River, April 30. Operations against Shelby north of the Arkansas River May 13-31. Scouts from Huntersville and Clinton June 4-17. Operations in Arkansas July 1-31. Near Huntersville July 8 (Detachment). Near Little Rock July 10 (Detachment). Bayou des Arc July 14. Duty at Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Brownsville and in the Dept. of Arkansas to November, 1865. Expedition from Little Rock to Little Red River August 6-16, 1864. Expedition from Little Rock to Searcy, Fairview and Augusta in pursuit of Shelby August 27-September 6, 1864. Expedition from Pine Bluff September 9-12. Near Monticello September 10 (Detachment). Brewer's House September 11 (Detachment). Expedition from Brownsville to Cotton Plant October 26-November 2 (Detachment). Expedition from Brownsville to Fairview November 28-December 3. Duty in Arkansas till June 6, 1865. Moved to Shreveport, La., June 6-17, thence marched to San Antonio, Texas, July 3-August 1; duty there till November, 1865.
According to the Coates & McCaulay book, the regiment was initially armed with Hall carbines but received Sharps carbines about October 1, 1863. They also carried a variety of revolvers, including Remingtons, Colts, Savages, Starrs and Whitneys.
This particular carbine is serial number 75722. Interestingly, it is the first of three carbines issued to Eli Trickel, which leads me to believe that our soldier lost this one during battle, so there is potential that is was picked up by another Union soldier or a Confederate soldier some time during the battles of Elkin's Ferry or Prairie D'Ane as these were the two major engagements of the Civil War for the 10th Illinois Cavalry. Both occurred in Arkansas against Confederate forces under Generals Sterling Price or Joe Shelby.
CONDITION: Standard Sharps Model 1863 percussion carbine, caliber .52 (remains that way and has NOT been converted to metallic cartridge), single shot breechloader, 22" round barrel, walnut stocks, iron patch box, sling ring and bar on left side of receiver, standard Sharps sights including the Sharps-marked rear sight, blued barrel, case hardened receiver/breechblock/lock/lever/trigger plate. Approximately 20,000 of this variation were manufactured and purchased by the U.S. Government for use by Army troops. All metal surfaces have turned to an aged patina but all patent dates and other markings remain clear and readable. The original sights are intact, as are all of the other original parts. Nothing has been replaced. The original walnut stocks are dry and slightly shrunken from time, showing multiple nicks dings scratches and wear but no splits or cracks. The action and main spring are strong; therefore, the hammer has strong positive clicks on half and full cock, and the breech block locks up tightly with no wobble. Likewise, the lever lock operates properly. Bore is slightly dark and lightly frosted in the grooves but retains sharp rifling (6-groove as designed and manufactured) with some brightness on the lands. Overall it would grade NRA Antique Very Good. Highly desirable Civil War Sharps Carbine. Opportunities to own traceable issued Civil War firearms do not often arise so don't miss out on this one!!
TERMS: No international sales. Antique so it can ship directly to you assuming your local laws allow it. Please be aware of what is legal in your state. 3 day non-firing inspection and sold as a collector item only. Not warranted safe to fire until checked out by a competent gunsmith. Buyer pays return shipping. Payment by bank check, personal check or money order. All major credit cards accepted with 4% convenience fee added. Shipping will be free by USPS Priority Mail with tracking and insurance included. Always interested in used long guns and used antique handguns so please contact me if you have anything for sale or trade. 315.251.4799 with questions or concerns. If you don't like my price, offers are welcomed and encouraged. Shipping and insurance is included in the selling price.
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Serial Number: 75722
Barrel Length: 22" round
Condition: Very good
Metal Condition: Very good
Wood Condition: Very good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Manufacture Date: 1863
Item Location: New York