Sharpshooter's Spencer carbine
319.H148

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Description Spencer .52 caliber repeating carbine with a walnut stock, iron mountings, and a round barrel with an elevating notched rear sight and a German silver blade front sight. The carbine was used during the Civil War by Captain Mahlon Black of the 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. Black's unit, after serving in the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the first day of the Battle of Fair Oaks. In 1865, after being formally mustered out, Black re-enlisted and was transferred to the 1st Minnesota Battalion.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 39 inches length
4 1/2 inches height
1 1/2 inches depth
.52 caliber
Nomenclature Carbine
Rifle (long gun)
Creation Made by: Spencer Repeating Rifle Company
Issued by: United States, Army, Minnesota Sharpshooters, 2nd Company (1862-1865)
Made in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Subjects Owned/used by: Black, Captain Mahlon
Subject: United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864), Company L
Subject: United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864), Battalion, 1st
United States, Army, Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1864)
Made in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Used in Minnesota, United States
Used during Civil War
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies.
Firearms.
Armament. Tools & Equipment. Firearms
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 03/06/1860 Patent date
Use: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865

Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections, Gift of Mrs. Mahlon Black
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 319.H148

User Comments

  • Stephen Osman on September 12, 2016 03:10:54 PM

    Never issued by the US Sharpshooters which was issued Colt Revolving Rifles and Sharps Rifles which they carried for most of their service. Officers were not issued rifles. Likely private purchase if indeed Captain Black carried during his service, which is unlikely. Date of manufacture can be determined by serial number range.

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