1766 Charleville-C.S.A
1766 Charleville-C.S.A
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This great musket came from the Rosensteel collection which was started by John Rosensteel at 16 yrs. old in 1863 when he started picking up artifacts left on the battlefield . This eventually grew to over 89,000 items and with these items his nephew George opened the Gettysburg National Museum  in 1921.  In 1971 many of these items were donated to the National Park Service were there on display today.  This historic musket was originally imported from France during the American Revolution.  After the Rev. War many of these muskets saw years of service particularly in Virginia.  When the Civil War broke out this musket was converted to the percussion system . Obviously this musket was carried by a Confederate Soldier as nobody from the Federal Army would have been carrying such an obsolete weapon. It's original ramrod was replaced with one from a Enfield Rifle and has been with this musket for many years. The stock has a period repair to the wrist. Also there are the original soldiers  intials carved into the stock.  I have in my personal collection a mdl.1777 French pistol  converted to percussion . It retains it's original old tag stating where it was found on the Gettysburg Battlefield  .  These 1766 Charleville muskets were part of a brokered deal that Ben Franklin and Silas Deane made with France for arms in 1777.  A really neat musket that saw the Birth of the Nation and our nations bloodiest battle here in Gettysburg. 

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