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    M1855 Harper's Ferry Rifle with Probable Confederate Alteration to a Cavalry Carbine. With the fall of the U.S. Armory at Harper's Ferry to Virginia state forces large quantities of weapons and parts, many of them damaged in the fire that was set by retreating US forces to destroy the arsenal prior to its capture by the Confederates. While all "good and serviceable arms" were issued to Virginia and Confederate regular units, many of the damaged arms were reconfigured as cavalry weapons, where a shorter weapon facilitated use on horse back. The barrel of this weapon was shortened to just over 22", the stock to just forward of the rear band, resulting in a format very similar to the US M1855 rifled carbine. Additionally, the stock was hand checkered at the wrist to provide a better grip and the rear sight aperture was filled with pewter, further attesting to the carbine's intended use in close quarter combat. Untouched and a classic example of the type of weapon favored by many southern horsemen for cavalry combat.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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