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Brass frame from a Colt recovered at Winchester

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This is a rare piece being offered, it is the excavated brass frame from a Colt, Model 1849 Pocket revolver. It has the serial number 114243, which would date the manufacture to 1856. It was recovered this year at a Cavalry camp in Winchester, Virginia.

At the onset of hostilities in the Civil War, the Colt Model 1849 (see pictures) saw widespread use by volunteers on both sides. This is thought to be due to the large number of the guns in civilian hands and the ease with which they could be carried. It's also known that the gun was carried by many in the Confederate Partisan Ranger units such as those led by John Singleton Mosby that were effective in tying down Federal forces behind Union lines in northern Virginia in the last two years of the war.

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester was the most contested town in the Confederacy during the Civil War, changing hands more than seventy times and earning its reputation (in the words of a British observer) as the shuttlecock of the Confederacy. Three major battles were fought within town limits and four others nearby. In 1862, General Stonewall Jackson won a victory there during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign that solidified his reputation as the Confederacy's first hero.

Following Jackson's death in May 1863, Richard S. Ewell took over his corps and, on the way to Gettysburg, scooped up the Union garrison at Winchester, suggesting to many that he might have the stuff to replace the fallen Stonewall. The Third Battle of Winchester (1864) was a Union victory, part of Union general Philip H. Sheridan's successful Valley Campaign against Jubal A. Early.

The condition of this piece is amazing being it was under ground for over 150 years. Being that Colts were such desirable firearms during the war, it is rare to find any excavated guns or parts.

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