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    Nice Colt with a fascinating history.

    M1860 Colt Army .44 Caliber Percussion Revolver, #142339 Matching, Manufactured Late 1863 with Period ID to the Notorious Col. (Brig. Gen.) Jefferson Columbus Davis. Serving as an enlisted volunteer in the Mexican War, Davis was appointed colonel of the 22d Indiana in August of 1861 and brigadier general of volunteers in December. He commanded the 4th Division, Army of the Mississippi, at Corinth. During a subsequent sick leave, on September 29, 1862, Davis engaged in a heated argument with Maj. Gen. Bull Nelson. Upon being slapped by Nelson, Davis shot and killed him. Remarkably, because of the need for experienced field commanders, Davis was never prosecuted, and went on to Division and Corps command at Stones River, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and during Sherman's Georgia and Carolina campaigns. Along with his brevets, Davis received a promotion to colonel in the Regular Army in May of 1864, a rank he also held during the Modoc War. It was doubtless during this period that he acquired and carried this Colt. The gun bears the unquestionably period, individually die stamped, legend "Col. Jff. Davis." on the inner grip strap. The gun is overall smooth and gray, with excellent markings and cylinder scene. Mechanically perfect, tight and crisp, with excellent bore. Grips also excellent, showing some minor honest wear and nice patina. The gun is accompanied by an old collection data card stating that it was purchased in "Feb. 52" from LaPorte, Pa. for $35.00 and mailing cost of $1.55, listing a "value" at that time of $400.00.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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