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    Watch Struck by a Bullet at Gettysburg and Model 5 Colt Root .31 Caliber Percussion Revolver. Serial #5479 matching, identified to Lt. Rolandes E. Fisher, Co. K, 5th Ohio Inf. Fisher's campaign trunk is listed elsewhere in this catalog. The silver case watch employs a William Ellery movement #50897 which dates to late 1862, early 1863. The watch retains the original chain with heavy silver links and hook. In the action at Culp's Hill July 3, 1863, Fisher was severely wounded in the arm, the bullet entering his left forearm....making its exit at the inner side at the corresponding point the bullet then passing through his coat and striking the watch, doubtless saving his life. The strike on the watch severely dented the case and partially smashed the works. The original CS two ring Gardner bullet is included. We believe the Colt to be what is commonly referred to as a "New York" refinish. With business down to a trickle several New York military outfitters solicited work refinishing veteran's arms to preserve them as cherished mementoes. The revolver is in overall superb condition with sharp crisp numbers and patent date on cylinder. The screws and trigger are blued with the gun retaining 100% of the nickel. Neatly engraved on the top of the barrel in old English script "Sam'l Colt". Mechanically perfect, excellent bore. The ivory grip is checkered on the bottom with a nice patina. The grips are numbered in pencil on the inside "5479" and absolutely original to the gun. Beautifully engraved on the right side with full spread wing eagle and shield and on the left with "R. E. Fisher 2d Lt. 5th Ohio Vols." The grips display one old hairline and a couple of chips at the toe but excellent and really striking. Fisher served with the 5th from June 19, 1861 to May 5, 1864 when he resigned for disability as a result of the Gettysburg wound. He was captured at Port Republic June 9, 1862 and returned September 21, about the time he would have acquired the watch. He was promoted to 2d Lt. Feb 8, 1862 and 1st Lt. June 9, thus establishing the parameters for dating the gun. The 5th Ohio was heavily engaged throughout Fisher's term of service. The group is nicely presented on a plaque along with a copy photograph of Fisher. A great Civil War group with incredible history.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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