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  • Richmond low-hump musket
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Confederate Richmond musket low humpback lockplate, dug in Virginia (SOLD)

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This is another great piece being offered, it is a dug lockplate from a standard Confederate Richmond Rifle with low humpback lockplate. The markings can no longer been seen, but they are the same as shown on the complete Richmond musket (see pictures). There is no hammer, but the mainspring and all other mechanical components are present on the back. I show a non-dug Richmond lockplate and as you can see the comparison is exact as the dug example being offered. This piece was dug in Orange, Virginia.

Orange was a strategically important location during the Civil War. Just north of town, the Rapidan River was effectively the northern border of the Confederacy from March 1862 to May 1864. Consequently, the area witnessed countless troop movements, patrols, skirmishes, and encampments. In addition, the Town of Orange served as General Robert E. Lee's headquarters during that time. In fact, General Lee worshipped at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Caroline Street, which still stands today. This church is also significant because it served as a hospital for Confederate wounded after the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the Battle of the Wilderness.

It is in dug condition and has overall rust as expected, but it is stable with no chipping or flaking. I left it as it was, but a light coat of varnish could be applied if desired. This truly is a rare Confederate piece of history.

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