NICE CONDITIONED CIVIL WAR 2ND MODEL MAYNARD CARBINE IDENTIFIED TO 11TH INDIANA CAVALRY SOLDIER

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The overall length of the carbine is 36.50 inches.

The barrel is octagon at the breech and round along the rest of its length for a total of 20.00 inches. It was originally blued but is now turning a plumb brown in areas and also has some dark oxidation spots and very light surface pitting here and there. Rear sight has two flip up leaves with the front sight present above the muzzle. Left flat of breech is stamped “G.W. S.” Bore is very clean with thin rifling. As is common with this model there is no forend stock.

The frame and receiver have a mixed patina from dark, almost black to a mottled gray surface. Hints of case colors are visible underneath.  All stampings on the frame are clear and read, “MANUFACTURED BY / MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS” in three lines on one side and “EDWARD MAYNARD / PATENTEE / MAY 27, 1851 / DEC. 6, 1859” in four lines on the other. Carbine exhibits strong mechanics. Hammer has a mottled appearance. Saddle bar and ring are mounted on the left side.

Wood buttstock has no comb and a dark iron buttplate. Left side does show two complete but faint inspector’s cartouches. Both sides of the stock have slight worn spots in the wood from handling. The surface of the wood on the left side has a small square scratched into it and in the middle of the worn spot there is a scratched diamond. A close look at the surface scratches between the diamond and the buttplate reveals the letters “S V B” over “CO. G” over “IND.” The right side of the butt has “11 IND” done in wood inlay. Forward of this is a metal inlayed stylized diamond.

A search of the records shows that “S.V.B.” is Stephen V. Brewer who was born on August 10, 1838 in Graysville, Indiana. On July 29, 1863 he enlisted for 6 months as a Private in Company F, 115th Indiana Infantry. The regiment was involved in two small skirmishes in Tennessee before being mustered out at Indianapolis on February 25, 1864.

Brewer next enlisted as a Private in Company G, 11th Indiana Cavalry on October 13, 1864. When he joined the regiment, it was camped around Nashville, Tennessee. Brewer took part in the battle of Nashville and the pursuit of Hood’s army being in two more small skirmishes. He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on September 19, 1865.

Sometime after the war Brewer relocated to Gordon, Nebraska where he was a member of the S. V. Brewer Post #323. The GAR Post was named after Brewer because he was an early settler in Sheridan County, Nebraska. He died on November 1, 1889 and is buried in Gordon Cemetery.  [ad]

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