Rare Civil War and Early Indian War Mountain Howitzer Pack Saddle
Rare Civil War and Early Indian War Mountain Howitzer Pack Saddle –This rare U.S. Mountain Howitzer pack saddle was obtained by Perry Adams Antiques when the entire contents of “Cherry Grove Farm”, still standing in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, in Rockingham County, were auctioned off – main house and outbuilding contents. Cherry Grove Farm, built in1852, by Stephen Harnsberger (1787-1870), is an historic and important, antebellum, Valley farm, containing a total of 318.5 acres, on the south fork of the Shenandoah River, near Port Republic. The home is a gracious antebellum landmark, that once hosted Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War. This gracious home still exhibits stunning views of both the Blue Ridge Mountains and Massanutten Peak.
Henry Baker Harnsberger, son of Stephen Harnsberger of Cherry Grove, was born 11/26/1816 in Dry Fork, Rockingham Co, VA. He enlisted in the Confederate Army, at Rockingham County, Va., as a Captain at the onset of the war; military records indicate that he was listed as: “Commander of a Company of Reserves”, on 6/5/1864, in Piedmont, Va. Harnsberger is also listed as having had service in: Co. I, 1rst Virginia Cavalry and was commissioned in 1861. Harnsberger served as Rockingham County Surveyor and as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, from 1866 to 1877 and 1880-83. He died on 9/4/1904, in Port Republic, Va. and is buried in the Port Republic Cemetery.
This saddle, along with many other historically significant items, all came from Cherry Grove Farm, which had been in the Harnsberger family for over five generations.
This pack saddle is in superior condition; both cincha straps are supple and retain their original roller buckles. The leather of the saddle proper, as well as the cushion pads beneath the saddle, are also in fine condition, evidencing very little wear. On the surface of the upper sides of the saddle are all of the original, round, brass studs, each individually stamped with “US”. The wooden trough hanging bar is also in excellent condition. This is the only example of this type of saddle that we have handled.