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    Historic Civil War Related Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun

    "Hon. J. B. Floyd Sec. of War 1860 to A.Y.P. Garnett". This superb double-barrel percussion shotgun was presented to physician Alexander Yelverton Peyton Garnett by Secretary of War John Buchanan Floyd in 1860. At this time it's unknown what the circumstances of Floyd's gift to Garnett was, but both men were loyal Virginians and no doubt had much contact while they were in Washington prior to the outbreak of the war. The shotgun is 10 gauge with 31½" barrels with a smooth concave rib. The barrels have a smooth dark patina mixing with much of the original blue and the brass-tipped ramrod is present. The right barrel has a shallow ¼" dent at the muzzle. The highly figured walnut stock exhibits a few minor dents and abrasions but the profile and edges are sharp and the stock appears to be untouched by repair or restoration. The mounts are heavily plated silver which retain the majority of the plating. The key escutcheons are silver. The patch box is engraved "Hon. J. B. Floyd/ Sec. of War/ 1860/ to/ A.Y.P. Garnett". The shotgun has fully functioning locks with a crisp action. The shotgun alone is an excellent firearm, but its association with two prominent and important Southern figures makes it unique indeed. John Buchanan Floyd (1806-1863) was already a seasoned Virginia statesman when he was chosen to be James Buchanan's Secretary of War. Floyd resigned his by the President's request December 29, 1860. When Virginia seceded from the Union, Floyd was commissioned a major general in the Provisional Army of Virginia and a short time later appointed a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army. Floyd was in command at Fort Donelson, and after its fall, he returned to Virginia retiring to his home where he died in 1863. A. Y. P. Garnett (1820-1888), was a prominent Virginia physician who remained in Richmond throughout the war and became the attending physician to the families of Robert E. Lee, and Confederate generals Joe Johnson, Wade Hampton, William Preston, and John C. Breckinridge. Further research may unlock the circumstances of Floyd's gift to Garnett, but in the meantime it remains an exceptionally historic firearm with a story yet to be fully told.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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