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Civil War Burnside CARBINE – 4th Wisconsin Cavalry serial range

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An opportunity for the Civil War collector historian, especially one with a bent towards Civil War Cavalry, to acquire an original issue weapon that, by virtue of not just a single serial number but by period happenstance a second serial number, both of which fall in the serial range of known 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry Burnside carbines offers a solid link to that regiment. As is our usual habit and to preserve the historic integrity of the piece, we have left it untouched so as to preserve its natural age with a patina that comes with period field use followed by decades of attic storage. This all original Burnside remains in pleasing to the eye, functional condition, yet offers the charm of period issue with the added appeal of ties to a specific regiment. A good look at our carefully rendered photos will provide the best physical description.

A Word About Serial numbers.


This Carbine offers the serial # 16168 on the breach block & serial #34616 on the receiver frame and barrel.


Of the serial numbers recorded # 16114 & 16174 and #34576 & 34677 were issued to the 4th Wisc. Cavalry


As both primary arm numbers 34576 & 34677went to Co. K it is most likely that this arm was issued to that Co. K as well


While mismatched serial numbers are not pleasing to firearms collectors, the circumstance of the mismatching can offer important information to the Civil War collector / historian with respect to the weapons issue history. That is to say, when the mixed serial numbers each fall in the range issued to the same regiment, it is most likely that the misnumbered component was inadvertently mixed when the weapon was broken down for cleaning. (A task frequently accomplished by a group cleaning their arms together or in some situations certainly by one or two troops who drew the short straw.) In our experience, such mixing of components occurred most frequently with the cavalry issue Colt percussion revolver and Burnside cavalry carbine, the mixing of components occurring with revolver cylinders and in the case of the carbines the inadvertent switching of breach blocks, one arm to another. The likelihood of switching of these specific components quite high when one considers that cleaning of the revolver required removal of the cylinder from the frame just as cleaning of the Burnside carbine required removal of the breach block. When several arms were cleaned together it is not difficult to understand a likelihood of mixing of these the numbered components. When the mismatched breach and frame both fall in a known issue serial range of the same regiment, the origin of the mismatched arm is well established.

In this instance both serial numbers are in the range to the 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry with the primary serial number of the carbine (that is the frame and barrel number) falling in the range of Co. K of that regiment.


As preservation of the history of this arm a copy of our research notes (to include a roster of Co. K) will be provided under our letterhead



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A note about firearms: WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.




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