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This item is from the collection of the Peter Miller Post #551 of the GAR. The Post was located in York Springs, Adams County, Pennsylvania and is believed to be named after Private Peter Miller of Company K, 1st Pennsylvania Reserves who was killed in action at South Mountain on September 14, 1862 and is now buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, York Springs.
Little information is known about the Post other than it closed sometime before 1925. In a letter accompanying the item collector Tom Gordon explains how he and his father found the relics from the Miller Post #551 in the 1970’s at the home of Civil War veteran David Starry. At the time the items were purchased the house was in the hands of Starry’s descendants. Mr. Starry had served in the 165th Pennsylvania Infantry and the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry during the war and afterward joined the Peter Miller Post #551 of the GAR.
This .69 caliber musket barrel was obviously a conversion from flintlock to percussion as the nipple was drilled into the top of the barrel. The nipple is now missing. Barrel date of “1835” is faint but can be read under a strong light. There is some light rust throughout and white paint residue but the barrel is otherwise solid. Bayonet lug remains at muzzle and the tang is present at rear. Bottom of the barrel is stamped with “10” “M” and “VI.”
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