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Group of Dug, Complete M1861 Springfield and P53 Enfield Rifled Muskets


Group of Dug, Complete M1861 Springfield and P53 Enfield Rifled Muskets - We recently obtained a large group of Civil War artifacts excavated by an early relic hunter, during the 1960s and 1970s, in Amelia County, Va. The vast majority of the artifacts were dug along the April of 1865, Retreat Route; most of the relics were dug either in Jetersville, Deatonville, Amelia Courthouse and Sayler’s Creek, all areas that saw the passing and engagements of Union and Confederate troops. There are four dug muskets in this grouping – three M1861 Springfields and one P53 Enfield; all are complete, with barrels, barrel bands, lockplates, trigger guards, ramrods, butt plates and nosecaps; one of the Springfields was excavated with its original bayonet, which will accompany that gun. All of them were excavated in Amelia County, as mentioned, in areas along the Retreat Route. All of the guns are in strong, dug condition, with obvious oxidation from their lengthy period in the ground, yet none are deteriorating and flaking.

In addition to the above listed dug weapons, we have several artillery shells, some already posted on our site, as well as several U.S. box plates, belt plates and Eagle breastplates, all from the same Retreat Route grouping.  In addition, we have a large selection of whole Spencer cartridges, as well as many spent Spencer and Henry cartridge casings. Finally, we have a modest array of buttons, as well as insignia, musket tools, lock plates and more; we will be posting some of the latter on our site soon.

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