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    U.S. M1816 .69 Caliber Smoothbore Springfield Musket with 1930s Provenance: "....carried by my Grandfather Virgil M. Ramey in the War of Southern Independence while serving with Col. Mosby's Rangers" . With arsenal cone conversion and converted to a cavalry carbine, the barrel is now shortened to 24", the forestock accordingly. A salient feature of the alteration is the addition of a friction fitted front band, actually originally the rear band of an earlier musket, with an arsenal fitted brass blade front sight. Additionally the 3.75" of the trigger guard tail has been removed and the wood smoothed, obviously to make the gun easier to grip and use with one hand while in the saddle. Very fine overall condition with the metal smooth and gray, untouched, and the stock exhibiting sharp edges and a nice dark patina. The very heavy tulip head ramrod appears to be original to the gun since its alteration, and the increased thickness has resulted in an area behind the rear band where the rod has worn through the wood, the channel obviously having been originally configured for a thinner rod. Lock markings with Eagle/US and Springfield 1839. Mechanically perfect, excellent smooth bore.

    The typed letter of provenance, which is dated July 8, 1937, also mentions a photograph of Ramey. "Taken from a family album", which is a cabinet card C. 1880, and is included with the gun. Additionally, the letter specifically identifies the gun as "a Confederate short musket marked Springfield 1839". The initials VMR neatly carved in the stock opposite the lock and, stamped in large block letters on the heel of the butt plate is "CS", the original US apparently having been removed or obliterated. This is in direct correlation to the statement in the letter that the gun was "remarked" after its capture and alteration. Interestingly, at least one other, similarly altered, musket has surfaced (Murphy) with iron clad provenance to a member of Mosby's command. A quintessential example of the type of alteration routinely performed at Confederate arsenals to meet the pressing need for cavalry carbines, with good provenance to one of the war's most highly romanticized Confederate units.


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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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