Ben Michel had one of the Best Confederate collection in the country. This musket had been in his collection since 1983 and comes with a letter of authentification from him. Also a 1983 letter from Howard Madaus attesting to it being a Colt conversion and stating that many of these were sold through N.Y.C dealers to southern agents right before the outbreak of the Civil War. It also includes a 1936 letter attesting to it's original owner as being "William Exall" of the Stonewall Brigade and signed by Mr.Felix Gross. There's also a card stating that this musket was originally purchased from a private home auction in Gordonsville ,Va. Sept.'83. In his letter of authentification Ben refer's to this musket as "One of the great finds of my collecting life"and knowing what he had in his collection that says alot about this gun. The musket is in fine shape for a Confederate piece and is only missing it's front barrel band retaining spring. Pvt. Exall was KIA at Morgan Co.,W.V on 1/3/62 after having had his leg amputated as a result of a gunshot wound from which he bleed to death. This is quite an historic piece and worthy of the Best Civil War collection. This musket comes with all Pvt .Exall's service records including his enlistment on April 21,1861 in Capt.Cunningham's Co. of the 21st Va. A truly superior piece.
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