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Lot 132: Confederate Soldier Attributed Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Auction Date: February 16, 2022

Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver Attributed to a Civil War Confederate Battle of Gettysburg Veteran

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver Attributed to a Civil War Confederate Battle of Gettysburg Veteran

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1849
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 5 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 1781
Item Interest: Very Active
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Class: Antique

OC - FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish, sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood.


Manufactured 1858. Includes a modern typewritten copy of a 1957 dated letter of provenance for this Model 1849 from Lorenzo Carruthers. According to Lorenzo Carruthers, this Model 1849 originally belonged to his father, John E. Carruthers (1838-1922). John Carruthers purchased the revolver new and carried it with him to the December 2, 1859 execution of abolitionist leader John Brown, who was convicted and hanged for a failed incitement of a slave rebellion at Harpers Ferry. John Carruthers also carried this Model 1849 throughout his service with the Confederate Army during the Civil War. John enlisted in early April 1862, served 3 years and 3 days, surrendered, and signed parole in 1865. By October 1862 John was serving with the Fauquier Light Artillery (“Stribling’s Battery”), which was resdesignated Company A of the 38th Artillery Battalion under Major James Dearing. From their position west of the famed Peach Orchard, John and his comrades conducted a massive bombardment against Union forces that proceeded Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Pickett's Charge stands as one of the most famous infantry assaults of the Civil War and was ordered by Confederate General Robert E. Lee against Union forces on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Lasting about an hour, Pickett's Charge was a decisive defeat for the Confederacy and ended Lee's campaign into Pennsylvania. John E. Carruthers is listed with Company A of the 38th Artillery Battalion on the U.S. National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database.

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