This is a really neat gun that has come right out of the woods. It has the original issued soldiers name carved into the left side of the gun filled with old original period red paint. "E. F. Goff, 12th Me. Vols." Goff arrived late to the war in early 1865 and served with his unit for over a year. Many of the men had returned home after the expiration of their service on Nov. 19, 1864. The new recruits and reenlisted men (Goff included), augmented by unassigned infantry remained in the field to form a new regiment. The two and three years' men remained on duty, together with the battalion of veterans, at Savannah, Ga., until April 18, 1866, when the whole battalion was mustered out of service at that place. This Springfield was used and carried by Goff and was probably cast aside as the hammer froze, possibly during a skirmish late in the war. It was found the next spring on a family farm and stored for years in an attic, remaining absolutely untouched until shipped to us for sale from this website. Although this rifle probably saw limited use, it is extremely rare to find such a longarm with absolutely unquestionable identification such as this.