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    Historic Civil War Grouping Including Musket and Equipment Set Identified as being used by Three Different Members of the 116th Penna. Inf. of the Famed Irish Brigade. M1816/22 .69 caliber smoothbore musket with arsenal cone conversion to percussion, Springfield 1834. The 116th was issued these weapons on Sept, 6, 1862 which led to the moniker "The Buck and Ball Regiment" in recognition of the devastating ammunition they used with this weapon consisting of a .69 caliber round ball and three double ought buckshot. The musket is absolutely untouched/uncleaned never touched by a screw driver. Metal smooth and dark with just some surface rust around the nipple. Complete and original in every respect. Excellent marks, mechanically perfect. The wood shows honest use, exhibits deep dark patina and is carved on the right side in 1 ¼" high block letters "A W" and on the cheek side in ½" high letters "W. H. M." followed by a large letter "J". The regimental number 116 is neatly carved in Roman numerals, CXVI directly behind the barrel tang. The smooth side canteen with the original stopper, chain and linen sling, is stenciled in white paint on the brown wool cover "( ) A 116 Regt" and on the other side "AOW Co. A" The AOW on the canteen and AW on the musket represent Ambrose O. Wilson who served with the 116th from June 24, 1862 to June 3, 1865. The W. H. M. on the musket are the initials of William H. Milner who had a very checkered history. He enlisted in the 116th on June 16, 1862, was wounded at Fredericksburg Dec. 13, 1862 and deserted at Falmouth, Va. Jan. 1863. He apparently returned in April and deserted again July 12. He was arrested and tried and dishonorably discharged on April 12, 1864. He was, however, very busy during his absence, enrolling in the 34th New Jersey on Oct. 6, 1863, deserting Nov. 17. Also included with the grouping is a 3" high tin cup, excellent. A waist belt with oval US plate with stud/puppy paw back and cap box which bears the large block letter paint ID on the back "J. Dunn". John Dunn enlisted in the 116th August 28, 1862, was severely wounded by a shell fragment at Chancellorsville may 3, 1863 and mustered out June 3, 1865. All three of these soldiers, at some point served in Co. A and clearly these pieces changed ownership, within the company on more than one occasion as men were alternately sick, wounded, and present. Also included is a scarce M1864 embossed US .69 caliber cartridge box maker marked on the inside flap R. Nece with sub inspector's cartrouche. Very good sound complete condition, just some crazing/flaking on the outside flap. The 'Irish Brigade' was composed of the 69th NY, 63rd NY, 88th NY, 116th Pa. and 28th Mass. and was one of the hardest fought units in the Union Army, suffering 60% casualties at Antietam, and losing over 1300 men killed wounded and missing, out of just over 1600 engaged at Fredericksburg. By the Battle of Gettysburg the brigade had rebuilt its strength to some 600 men and distinguished itself in the Wheatfield on the 2d. A nice grouping with a remarkable history.

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