Posted 2 years ago
1863 lock plate Amoskeag contract rifle. Engraving (Stamped) on top of barrel James Henry 28th PVV. Muster roles show he completed a 3 year enlistment ending with the war in 1865. Interesting possible Gettysburg connection. The history of the 28th PVV states that they received new springfield rifles replacing their old Enfields in the week or so preceding their march to and participation in Gettysburg. Quite possible this contract rifle, a Springfield clone contracted to keep up with Demand that Springfield could not meet, was actually carried by private Henry at Gettysburg and throughout the remainder of his service. (Muster roles show he was present for duty during Gettysburg. Wondering if anyone knows of manufacturing or delivery records for Amoskeag?