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    A Colt Model 1860 Revolver Owned by Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Lieutenant Orson W. Bennett This Colt Model 1860 .44 caliber revolver was owned by Lieutenant Orson W. Bennett of the 102nd US Colored Troops who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at Honey Hill, South Carolina on November 30, 1864. Lieutenant Bennett was ordered to capture three Confederate artillery pieces that had been abandoned but were being protected by enemy fire. He chose thirty men and accomplished his mission with only one man wounded.

    Bennett was born in Union City, Michigan on November 17, 1841 and enlisted as a private in the 1st Iowa Volunteers at the start of the war and fought until he was wounded at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. After returning home to recuperate, he re-enlisted in the 12th Wisconsin Infantry and later joined the 102nd US Colored troops as a lieutenant. He fought in 17 engagements during the war and was mustered out as a Brevet Major of US Volunteers.

    This Colt revolver owned by Bennett has an 8" barrel and brass trigger guard. The walnut grips are in good condition as is the revolver's dark gray patina. The gun bears the serial number "121684". Engraved on the backstrap is the following:

    Lt. O. W. Bennett, 102 Regt. U.S.C.T.

    This is an important piece of Civil War history carried by a Union soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. The revolver comes with a binder of information about Bennett including his muster rolls, a biography, and copies of his invalid pension application.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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