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Civil War Musket Stock recovered from the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg (SOLD)

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This is really a fantastic relic being offered, it is the wooden stock from a musket. It measures 18” x 4 ½” and the iron butt plate still remains. This piece was recovered from the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia when it was at a low level.

General Ambrose Burnside authorized volunteers to ferry themselves across the Rappahannock River in the clumsy pontoon boats (see pictures). Men from Michigan, Massachusetts, and New York scrambled aboard the scows, frantically pulling at oars to navigate the hazardous 400 feet to the Confederates' side while under enemy fire.

Once on shore, the Federals charged Barksdale's marksmen who, despite orders to fall back, fiercely contested each block in a rare example of street fighting during the Civil War. After dusk the brave Mississippians finally withdrew to their main line, the bridge builders completed their work, and the Army of the Potomac entered Fredericksburg.

This is one of those relics you seldom come across. I have one from my collection that is pictured in my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs” (see pictures). There is also one in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center collection (see pictures). Possibly this belonged to one of the soldiers trying to cross the river, and probably never made it. Like I said, this is a great piece with a lot of history.

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