MODEL 1842 SMOOTHBORE MUSKET ID’d TO PENNSYLVANIA GAR POST #19 (COL. CHARLES TAYLOR)

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Stamped into the left cheek of the buttstock is “F.T.P.G.A.R.” over “19.” Initials translate to “FRED TAYLOR POST G.A.R. 19.”

Grand Army of the Republic Post #19 was named for Colonel Charles Frederick Taylor of the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry (13th Reserves) who was killed in action at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. The post was located in Philadelphia.

Charles Frederick Taylor was born in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He was 21 years old when he was commissioned Captain of Company H, 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He was captured on June 6, 1862 and later exchanged. He was wounded at Fredericksburg and promoted to Colonel on March 1, 1863. He was killed leading the 42nd Pennsylvania on the 2nd Day of the battle of Gettysburg.

It was common practice for GAR Posts to plate the iron surfaces of their muskets. The lock, triggerguard, band springs and buttplate of this weapon all shows signs of having been plated.

The barrel has a peppery appearance along the length of its surface caused by pinprick pitting. It is a little heavier around the breech area. Barrel date is gone but the “VP” and eaglehead are clearly visible. Bore is smooth and dirty. All three barrel bands are present with the front band being doubled with a brass blade sight mounted on top. Bayonet lug is present below the muzzle.

The rear half of the lockplate has the remains of plating while the front half is naked. Forward of the hammer is a faint eagle over “U.S.” while behind the hammer is “SPRINGFIELD 1848.” Lock works properly and action is strong. Original nipple is present on the bolster.

Dark walnut wood stock is in nice condition. Besides the stamped information on the butt described above there is also a 2nd Corps badge lightly scratched into the wood where the missing inspector’s cartouches should be. Stock exhibits scattered minor scratches from age, storage and use. There are no visible cracks but there is a 0.75 inch chip out of the wood just forward of the lock.

Proper flat faced trumpet style ramrod with threaded tip is present as are both sling swivels. Triggerguard and buttplate show the effects of worn plating. Buttplate retains a visible “U.S.” stamping. All screw heads are good.  [ad]

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