Kershaw's Brigade / Battle of Gettysburg.
Richmond CS Type II Percussion Musket, Carried by W.A. WERT of
the 3rd South Carolina Infantry.
Originally .58 caliber [bore measures about .65], 40-inch round barrel. Stamped appropriately on the lockplate and [faint] on barrel . Three barrel bands, sling swivels, iron mounts, brass buttplate and ramrod present. Also marked C.S. / RICHMOND, VA on lockplate forward of hammer. The wood stock made of good Virginia wood is in fine condition with original dark patina for its age. Left side of buttstock carved W M. WERT. According to Flayderman's Guide [10-052], "Made immediately after the Confederate government takeover of the armory. These also will bring a premium value over the more often seen styles".
Note: Wert served in Company H, 3rd South Carolina Infantry of Lexington, South Carolina. He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg and was in charge of July 2 where his regiment lost twenty percent of their men that day. This famous Confederate Army musket was carried by a South Carolina soldier who was wounded in action and discharged on September 20, 1863. Comes with photocopy military records of Wert, W. A. Company H, 3 South Carolina Inf. [Corporal Private] and copy of Invoice when sold in 2004 by Hendershot to current consignor. Some highlights of letter included in current description.
Provenance: Ex. Darrell Piedt Collection
Condition: Fine for its age. Upper tang has metal separation near screw. Impressive Confederate arm with history. Numerous dings / mars and stress cracks present to stock as expected. Metal parts with patina and pitting overall. Percussion hammer a bit loose. Action good, bore dark as expected.
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