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    Moore's Patent Seven Shot .32 Caliber Rimfire Single Action Belt Model Revolver with Nice Period ID to Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Wilson Smith, Battery H, 3rd New York Light Artillery. The gun exhibits a smooth light brown patina with the elaborately scroll engraved brass frame retaining 90% of the original silver finish. Grips retain 90% of the original varnish with just some minor edge wear. 5" barrel, serial #3843, fine bore mechanically perfect. Standard barrel marking, "D. Moore Patent Sept. 18, 1860". The gun is accompanied by the original custom fitted tarred leather flap holster with wide diagonally mounted single belt loop. Overall good sound condition although missing the closure button and the leather binding on the edge of the flap has come loose. There is a small hole through which the hammer spur protrudes on the top of the flap. The holster bears the period ink inscription on the underside of the flap, "Sergt. Wilson Smith/ 3rd N. Y. Arty 1863".

    Wilson Smith enlisted in the 3rd N. Y. on October 4, 1861. On September 6, 1862 the battery was attacked in the streets of Little Washington, North Carolina by an overwhelming force of Confederate infantry. Smith took command of his gun, the gun commander having disappeared, and ordered it in to battery, pouring a devastating fire of canister into the onrushing Confederates, who were soon upon the battery. Vicious hand to hand fighting ensued with the battery continuing to fire point blank in the midst of the melee. The enemy was eventually repulsed, with the loss, in either killed or wounded, of every man in Smith's detachment. Smith, and one other man, remained standing, and Smith was able to discharge one final round into the retreating Confederates before his right leg was shattered by a gunshot. The leg was subsequently amputated and Smith was discharged for disability February 1, 1863, having been promoted to sergeant September 12, 1862. Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action on April 21, 1896, which was characterized as the "Heroic stand of a brave young corporal". Superb history with wonderful period ID.


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