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Identified 46th Massachusetts Mississippi Rifle
Item #: TB21
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Model 1841 Mississippi rifle sharply marked on the butt plate CO D MASS. 46 and 35. According to noted experts the 35 indicates it was issued to the 35th soldier alphabetically in company D 46th Massachusetts volunteer infantry. My research reveals that that would have been George A. Hall a 20 year old mechanic from Chicopee, Massachusetts. Private Hall enlisted in September 1862 and mustered out in July 1863.
The rifle is in overall fine condition having been cleaned many years ago with the metal parts having a light gray appearence. Lock nicely marked Robbins & Lawrence and with Windsor Vt. and 1850 vertically. The barrel is marked US over JH over P with no barrel date visible. The wood is nice with an inspector's cartouche visible opposite the lock. This particular rifle is an alteration preformed for the State of Massachusetts by A.J. Drake adding a folding model 1855 style rear leaf rear sight and altering the front sight to accept a socket bayonet.

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