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Civil War Veteran: c.1920

Civil War Veteran:  c.1920

This came from Eastern upstate New York so from the 484 on his Kepi it’s my best guess he was a member of the Carlisle D. Beaumont GAR Post 484 in Keeseville, New York. If anyone knows anything about that Post or the type of musket he’s holding could you let us know? Scanned from the original 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Yup, a GAR medal

John, I stand corrected. I had to go and dig a bit deeper on this. The MoH and GAR medals were very similar, but the eagle was placed differently.

I guess we learn something new every day.

More on MoH vs. GAR medal:

Medal of Honor

I'll have to see if we can find out who this man is - he's sporting a Medal of Honor. May be tough to determine for sure - the MoH was issued much more often during the Civil War than any time afterward.

Model 1861 Lockplate

Thanks to both for the identification. Unfortunately a clear view of the lockplate is out of the question due to the resolution of negative.

There's a piece missing

Sure is an M1861 Springfield pattern rifle-musket. It may actually be a contract piece made by one of many companies who had contracts to build them since there was no way that Springfield Armory could keep up with the demand. A clear close-up of the lockplate would solve that mystery. As regards the title of this post, it looks like the rear sight is missing. It's also obvious that it has a heavy patina on it, possibly even just plain rust, common on most arms left from the War. These guns are a joy to shoot (if they've been checked out and proven safe). I used to have one like this one.

Springfield Model 1861 rifle

I believe that's a Springfield Model 1861 rifle - it was the most commonly issued rifle to Union troops during the Civil War.

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