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CIVIL WAR BURNSIDE CARBINE, IDENTIFIED TO ALABAMA SOLDIER - Lot #4578

You won't find a Civil War Carbine like this at most Civil War shows or at an auction. I've had this for a few years and am thinning out the herd to make room for a few recent acquisitions to my own collection. This Burnside Carbine was sent in here as an untouched relic found in the barn of a farm in Virginia in the 1950's that was being re-built, and then kept in a closet until it was sold to me. It is carved on one side "SEVEN PINES" (with a backwards "N") and "C. W. Sayers", "ALa" on the other. The gun does not look as good in person as it does in the photos, especially the wood, which is heavily aged. It is in the 8XXX range and is an early 4th model. This particular gun had more of an impact on me than most others, and with good reason. I searched the wrong name on the internet for 2 hours and almost went insane. I mis-spelled "SAYRE" as "SAYER" and couldn't find any Alabama soldier of that name that was at Seven Pines. Then I allowed my better half to try and she found him in 30 seconds. In any case, C. W. Sayre was in the 3rd Alabama and was indeed at Seven Pines. That's not to say that this gun was carried by Sayre in the Battle of Seven Pines. He could have gotten the gun long after and carved his remembrance of that battle as was done on many flags of the South. The 3rd regiment was organized at Montgomery in April 1861, and was the first Alabama command that went to Virginia. Mustered into service at Lynchburg, May 4, the regiment was ordered to Norfolk. It was merged with the First and Twelfth Virginia, under Col. Withers, later succeeded by Col. Mahone. It remained at Norfolk for a year but saw no active service. At Seven Pines it was held in reserve the first day; but was badly cut up the second, losing 38 killed and 122 wounded. A fortnight later it was attached to Rodes' brigade which now consisted of the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Twelfth, and Twenty-sixth of Alabama regiments. The brigade, led by Col. J.B. Gordon of the Sixth, participated in the week of battle before Richmond, as part of D.H. Hill's division. The Third lost 207 out of 345 men and officers at the bloody repulse of Malvern Hill, and mustered with only 180 men a few days after that terrible conflict, but soon recruited to 300. The Third Alabama was the first to the plant the "stars and bars" on the hills of Maryland. At Boonsboro the fighting was prolonged and desperate, as it was at Sharpsburg. It moved back into Virginia with the army, and was in line of battle at Fredericksburg. At Chancellorsville it shared prominently in the glories achieved by Jackson's corps in the splendid assault on Hooker, and in the two days lost 24 killed, and 125 wounded. In the second Maryland campaign, the Third moved with Ewell's corps, to which it now belonged, as far as Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. It lost heavily at Gettysburg, fighting both days with much credit, and shared in the privations of the retreat. After the return to Virginia, it skirmished at Mine Run and bore a conspicuous part in the battles of Wilderness and Spottsylvania, losing very severely. In the fighting at the second Cold Harbor, it charged the enemy's breastworks, and lost considerably. It was with Early in the Valley, and in Maryland, taking part in the demonstration against Washington, and in the pursuit of Hunter. At Winchester its loss was heavy, and it suffered severely at Cedar Hill, but protected the rear of the retreating army. Placed in the trenches at Petersburg, the Third dwindled away by attrition till only about 40 laid down their arms at Appomatox. Of 1651 names on its roll, about 260 perished in battle, 119 died in the service, and 605 were discharged or transferred. This is an untouched, out-of-the-woods prize for any collector. The metal retains a heavy, crusty brown patina that needs a coat of oil to arrest any further corrosion, but I've been afraid to touch it. I liked it just the way I found it and it has remained that way in my safe. The wood is also a dark patina and with a loop, shows the 150 year old crud, dirt and age in the carvings. The breech-block is frozen and the rear sight is missing. If you like bright and shiny condition guns, this may not be for you. But if you like a gun that talks, that is identified as being once carried by a Confederate and is untouched, this gun screams at you.
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CIVIL WAR BURNSIDE CARBINE, IDENTIFIED TO ALABAMA SOLDIER

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