US MODEL 1841 “MISSISSIPPI” RIFLE MANUFACTURED BY E. REMINGTON, FROM THE ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION OF GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 2021-320

This US Model 1841 “Mississippi” Rifle by Remington was part of George Rosensteel’s Civil War National Museum; later the museum incorporated the Electric Map. George Rosensteel over the next several decades added many artifacts found locally. In 1971 George’s family sold the building to the Federal Government and donated over 89,000 artifacts which today make up the bulk of the National Park Service collection.

Prior to this time, material was removed from the museum and added to the private collection of George and Emily Rosensteel, including this Model 1841 Mississippi rifle and several firearms, pistols, and shield shaped relic/bullet boards. Upon the death of George and Emily in the mid-1990’s the collection passed to their daughter, Angela Rosensteel Eckert, and her husband, Larry Eckert. In 1972 Mr. Eckert became the curator of the Rosensteel Collection at the National Park Service, a position he held until retirement in 1992.

In the early 1990’s a portion of the Eckert’s collection was given to their children - Pamela Eckert Jones, Lawrence Eckert III and Richard Eckert – including firearms, edged weapons, and shield shaped relic/bullet boards. Upon the death of Lawrence III in December 2010, the collection was given to his children, one being Christopher Eckert of Lexington, KY. In September 2018 Christopher sold a US Model 1841 “Mississippi” rifle along with other Civil War material to a Lexington, KY antiques dealer.

The Horse Soldier purchased the entire collection from this dealer in October 2018. This group of material was appraised by Wes and Sam Small, owners of The Horse Soldier, in the early part of the 1990’s.

The rifle comes with a notarized letter from Christopher Eckert concerning the ownership of this firearm.

This firearm was produced by the firm E. Remington of Herkimer, New York in 1847. Single shot percussion rifle features the original barrel bored to .58 caliber. The lockplate features marking of, “Remington’s / Herkimer / NY” forward of hammer and “U.S. / 1849” behind hammer. All parts are original to the rifle, sans the ramrod. Breech tang date along with “US” and inspector’s marks not visible due to a dark patina and pitting on the breech. “STEEL” is visible along barrel’s edge. All metal has a dark patina; brass furniture has an untouched yellow patina. “US” buttplate marking visible. Mechanically perfect. On the check plate two government cartouches are visible. Below one of the cartouches a letter “K” is carved next to the brass trigger guard. Next to the middle band are two intersecting letter “V”s.  Letter “F” carved into the stock near the nose cap. Percussion rifle barrel with the 1859 alteration for a socket bayonet.

A nice untouched battlefield pick up rifle most likely found a few days after the battle, purchased by the Rosensteel family for the National Museum, later part of the family collection until recently purchased by The Horse Soldier. A firearm rich in Gettysburg history from a very prominent Gettysburg family that collected Gettysburg relics from the 19th century.  [ws] [ph:L]

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