Some Nice Period Rifles On The Block

by Fred Ray on August 21, 2014 · 1 comment

Three very nice Civil War era rifles up for auction, but you’d better have some extra cash as I think all their estimates are rather low. Nevertheless these are fine examples of the British arms used by both sides but the more so by the Confederacy. However, none of these have any actual connection to the conflict.

Pritchett 500x84 Some Nice Period Rifles On The BlockAn R. T. Pritchett contract 3-band Enfield. Pritchett was the inventor of the smooth-sided Pritchett bullet used by the British Army and by American forces when they used British ammo. Pritchett was also an entrepreneur and arms manufacturer in his own right, with his factory in London. All Enfields used in the Late Unpleasantness were contract models like this made by various contractors, not actual Enfields made at the Enfield works, all of which went to the British government.

VOLHRU98 Z F2 L 500x83 Some Nice Period Rifles On The BlockA Volunteer rifle made by the London Armoury Company. LAC rifles were very high quality and unlike most had fully interchangeable parts. This rifle was the cream of the crop and would have been something a gentleman Volunteer would have purchased. It has a finely checkered walnut stock and is made more like a sporting rifle than a military arm. A fair number of these made it to the Confederacy, and lucky was the man who carried one.

VOLHRU98 G CU2 L 500x310 Some Nice Period Rifles On The BlockFinally, a really nice Whitworth target rifle (below).

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The Whitworth, which served as a superlative Confederate sharpshooter’s rifle, needs no introduction. Bill Adams says it’s an army target rifle and as you can see it comes with a tang target rear sight and a globe front sight. Like the LAC it is finished more as a sporting arm, as you can see below.

WWRRF13085 K CU2 L 500x234 Some Nice Period Rifles On The BlockAll these are up for grabs at the Rock Island Action Company in mid-September.

Full Disclosure: Other than having entered a few unsuccessful bids at some of their auctions I have no connection with RIA and get no perks or benefits. However I’d like to thank them for permitting me to post these images and providing me with h-res copies.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheridan’s Ride…The Other One

by Brett Schulte on August 11, 2014 · 0 comments

Mention “Sheridan’s Ride” to a Civil War buff and they’ll inevitably think of Sheridan furiously riding the ten miles back to his retreating army at the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864, rallying his army and saving the day.  It’s what I thought of when I ran across a poem entitled “Sheridan’s Ride” on page 1, column 5 of the July 3o, 1864 issue of the New York Irish American.  But I was wrong.  And I realized I was wrong when I realized I was looking at a paper published almost three months prior to the Battle of Cedar Creek.  This Sheridan’s Ride was written about the Army of the Potomac’s great raid south towards Richmond in May 1864 which culminated in the death of J. E. B. Stuart at the Battle of Yellow Tavern on May 12, 1864. So, check out this OTHER version of Sheridan’s Ride.  It’s not quite got the same ring to it as painter Thomas Buchanan Read’s infinitely more well known poem of the same name, but I found it interesting enough to post.  Enjoy!

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  1. “Sheridan’s Ride!” The Irish American (New York). July 30, 1864. Page 1, Column 5.

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As I Remember: the Reminiscence of Lewis Cass White 102nd PA

by Fred Ray August 5, 2014

As I Remember: A Civil War Veteran Reflects on the War and Its Aftermath by Lewis Cass White Joseph Scopin (editor, designer), forward by Benjamin Franklin Cooling Hardcover: 184 pages Publisher: Scopin Design (2014) ISBN-10: 0615983480 ISBN-13: 978-0615983486 You never know what you’ll find in a basement or attic. That moldering pile of papers just […]

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by Brett Schulte July 28, 2014

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by Brett Schulte July 21, 2014

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The Sacking of “Baldy” Smith: July 19, 1864

by Brett Schulte July 19, 2014

Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted at The Siege of Petersburg Online and has been cross-posted here for the benefit of TOCWOC readers. *** July 19, 1864: William F. “Baldy” Smith is Relieved from Command of 18th Corps, AotJ Today marks the 150th anniversary of William F. “Baldy” Smith’s removal from command of the […]

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Civil War Book Review: The Petersburg Campaign Volume 2: The Western Front Battles September 1864-April 1865

by Brett Schulte July 18, 2014

Bearss, Ed. and Suderow, Bryce. The Petersburg Campaign Volume 2: The Western Front Battles, September 1864-April 1865. (Savas Beatie: March 2014). 600 pages, illustrations, 25 maps, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-7006-1959-7 $39.95 (Cloth). Picking up where Volume 1 left off, the award-winning The Petersburg Campaign Volume 2: The Western Front Battles, September 1864-April 1865 dusts […]

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