This Enfield rifle was manufactured by J.P. Moore N.Y.C , N.Y and is dated 1863 on the lock. Moore was a subcontractor for Colt. Originally thought to have been Confederate, these rare rifled muskets have been more recently researched and accepted as being made by Moore for the United States. This musket and bayonet will come with a folder and a family letter dated April 3,1966 from the granddaughter of the soldier who carried it Pvt. Jonathan L. Allison of the 165th Pa. Inf. and also 101st Pa. Inf. She stated in the letter that she thought he may have been captured but with further research that was not the case. He lived in Harney , Pa. which is about 5 miles from Gettysburg . Interestingly he was mustered into the 165th Pa. on 11/10/1862 at Gettysburg as a musician. He transferred to the Infantry as a private on Mar.26, 1863 and participated in the 1st day of battle (July 1,’63) . He was mustered out on 7/28/63 at Gettysburg. He re-entered the service on 3/13/65 joining the 101 Pa. Inf. and mustered out 6/25,65 at New Bern, N. Carolina. The musket is in very good shape and still exhibits remnants of some old dried linseed oil that the old time collectors would apply to preserve the wood from drying out. A really attractive looking rare musket with some great Gettysburg heritage. Lived, Fought and Died here!
Civil War Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle w/U.S Bayonet-Gettysburg
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