IDENTIFIED BRIDESBURG CONTRACT .58 CALIBER MODEL 1861 RIFLE-MUSKET – PRIVATE SAMUEL W. TRULL, 1ST BATTALION PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY & 187TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY

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Weapon is an identified, “Bridesburg Contract” Model 1861 percussion rifle-musket in good original condition. This long arm is identified to Private Samuel W. Trull who served 6 months in the 1st Battalion Pennsylvania Infantry and for 3 years in the 187th Pennsylvania Infantry.

This shoulder weapon was a product of the Philadelphia firm of Alfred Jenks & Son, owners and operators of the Bridesburg Machine Works. Jenks received five Army contracts for .58 caliber rifle-muskets from July 1861 through February 1865. This single-shot muzzleloader retains a pleasing, been there appearance and appears never to have been cleaned. Weapon is in complete condition and retains its original stock, iron nipple, hammer, swelled shank ramrod, all barrel bands and both sling swivels. Breech area near the nipple and bolster area shows moderate pitting. Mechanics are strong and crisp.

Barrel exhibits rust oxidation over its surface and wears a dark brown patina. There is also some light pitting. Blade type front sight is present as is multi-leaf flip-up rear sight. Left barrel flat has “VP” and eaglehead markings. No barrel date is visible. Bore is dark with good rifling and light dirt.

Face of the lockplate is stamped with “U.S. / BRIDESBURG” and eagle forward of the hammer and “1863” clearly stamped behind the hammer. Lockplate surface is heavily mottled with very light scattered pitting and matches all other iron on the weapon.

Black walnut stock is in good condition overall with rounded edges and just normal dings and nicks from use and storage. Single government inspector’s cartouche is visible on wood opposite lock. Identification appears hand-carved on the right side of buttstock cheek and reads “S. W. TRULL.”

Barrel bands all bear “U” stampings. Original tulip-head, steel ramrod is present and is full length. Buttplate is stamped with a strong “US” on tang.

Samuel W. Trull was born May 11, 1841 in New York City. He was residing in Charlestown, Pennsylvania when he enlisted as a Private in Company A, 1st Battalion Pennsylvania Infantry at Harrisburg on June 21, 1863 and was mustered out January 9, 1864. Trull was present with his battalion for the full 6 months of his service.

Trull next enlisted as a Private in Company A, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry at Harrisburg on February 4, 1864. At the time of his enlistment he is described as being 23 years old, 5’ 7” tall with hazel eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. Records show that before the regiment left the state Trull was detached from his regiment for service in the Ordnance Corps where he remained until his muster out on August 3, 1865.

After the war Trull returned to New York and took up residence in Elmira. He married in 1868 and raised two daughters and worked as a farmer.

He died on April 24, 1918 at Elmira and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery there.   [ad]

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