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14th Penna. Vol. Cavalry Burnside Percussion Carbine, Serial #12,629

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Product Code: GUN-756

14th Penna. Vol. Cavalry Burnside Percussion Carbine, 5th Model, Serial #12,629

The .54 caliber Burnside carbine was designed and patented by Ambrose E. Burnside. This weapon was manufactured in Rhode Island by the Bristol Firearms Company and later, its successor, the Burnside Rifle Company, from about 1857 to 1865. Throughout these years, five different models were manufactured. Lowering the trigger guard, which also served as the operating lever, would cause the breech to tilt up, revealing a cone-shaped cavity. The metallic cartridge for the Burnside, of a unique cone shape, was placed into this cavity. Closing the lever rotated the breech block into position, placing the cartridge in the chamber. A percussion ignition system with an external hammer fired the carbine. A small hole at the base of the cartridge would allow the fire to pass through and ignite the powder in the case.

The Burnside was the third most used carbine utilized by the Union cavalry, exceeded only by the Sharps and Spencer carbines. The most serious complaint about this carbine was the tendency of the cartridge to stick in the breech once it was fired.

This carbine was Issued to Company D, 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry on in 1863. The 14th PA was heavily engaged against Fitz Lee's and J.S. Mosby's Confederate cavalry among many others, and this carbine almost certainly "fired in anger", particularly at Cedar Creek, VA. on October 19, 1864.

The carbine itself remains in above-average condition, demonstrating the care that the owner showed towards it throughout his operations in the Shenandoah Valley. At one time the breech block was replaced, as indicated by the receiver serial number 28149; however, there is a high probability that the block was added to the carbine in the field as some documented 28000 range carbines were issued to the 14th Penna. as well.

This carbine bears serial #12,629. Carbine has a 21” long round barrel fitted to an oiled walnut stock/forend that is in very good used condition with minor dings and dents. Stock has one very faint cartouche visible. The bore is very good with crisp rifling. Barrel has plumb colored finish overall; also has the original rear sight. Lockplate is stamped with "BURNSIDE RIFLE Co / PROVIDENCE RI" behind the hammer. Top flat on the receiver near the barrel is stamped “BURNSIDE PATENT / MARCH 25TH 1856." in two lines followed by the Serial Number "12629" and the receiver serial number "28149”. The heavy-style carbine sling bar and sling ring are tightly attached to the stock’s left side. Lock screws are in very good condition. Remaining metal surfaces of the carbine are pleasing plumb to dark gray. Iron butt plate wears most of its original bluing. Carbine exhibits crisp, strong mechanics and retains its single sling swivel and bracket under the stock near the toe.

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