IDENTIFIED US MODEL 1816 SPRINGFIELD CONVERSION MUSKET – 91ST PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

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This US Model 1816 Conversion Springfield Musket was issued to Private Charles Lowry of Company C, 91st PA Vol. Infantry. A totally untouched musket, the stock bears the following hand carved inscription: “C. LOWRY / 20TH / DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1861, COMPANY / . C . 91 . REGIMENT . PV. VOL”.

Private Lowry was mustered into service on September 20, 1861. He was undoubtedly issued this musket on that date. On April 20, 1862 he deserted from the regiment, and returned on July 16, 1862 after being apprehended in his home city of Philadelphia. On October 8, 1862 he again deserted at Alexandria, VA and returned to the regiment on November 16, 1862. On June 14, 1863 at Hartwood Church, VA during his march north following Lee’s Army, he again deserted only to be captured the next day at Catlett’s Station, VA, and was confined in Richmond until July 2nd, 1863, when he was paroled at City Point, VA. Upon his return to Union authorities, he was court martialed for his third desertion and punished by his commander. Lowry would not desert again and would muster out on July 15, 1865 with his unit.

The musket is a cone conversion to percussion. Lockplate markings visible, dated 1838. Lightly cleaned, smooth metal. Breech markings not visible; dark patina and pitting round breech plug and nipple, approx.. 3”. Rest of barrel has smooth surface. All other metal parts exhibit an untouched patina. Mechanically perfect, all parts original. Wood stock also untouched with minor storage dings. Cartouche visible.

Complete military records accompany musket.  [ws]

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