This is one of the most historical guns that we have ever offered. I'll assume that most collectors know of John C. Fremont, one of the most famous Americans of the 19th century. American military officer, explorer, Indian fighter, the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of president of the U.S., and the first presidential candidate of a major party to run on a platform opposing slavery. Foley was Captain of an elite force of handpicked soldiers known as "The Fremont Body Guards". This guard was a body of cavalry selected from a host of applicants on account of the high intelligence, the fine physique, and the manifest aptitude of its members for military service. All were required to be expert horsemen and marksmen. Without question it was one of the finest bodies of cavalry ever seen in the United States service; made up of ardent young Americans, mainly from Ohio and Kentucky, including about thirty foreigners. The Guard especially distinguished intself in the battle of Springfield, Missouri, where numbering one hundred and fifty men under Major Zagoni, it routed a force of two thousand Rebels. They were exposed to a terrific fire, and fifty two men, over one third of the entire number fell upon the field. The Rebels soon broke and fled with a loss of one hundred and seven men killed and thirty captured. Among the dead were one Colonel and several Captains; and among the prisoners was one Lieutenant Colonel. The field of battle gave distinct evidence of the fierceness of the conflict. In one place not ten yards square lay four dead horses, and near them their fearless riders. This victory was achieved after a march of one hundred and five miles in forty eight hours. This was the first major Union Cavalry Charge/Battle and was the last for the guard, which was broken up soon after. Foley went on to become Major of the 10th Kentucky cavalry. There is a well-known steel engraving of the charge at Springfield that I believe was in Harpers Weekly in 1861. I have a stack of documents that accompany this gun and holster. Great stuff.