A .54 5TH MODEL BURNSIDE CAPPING BREECH LOADING CARBINE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, CIRCA 1864, serial no. 39355,
with 21in. barrel fitted with pinched blade front-sight and leaf battle rear-sights to 500 yards, the breech top stamped 'BURNSIDE PATENT / MODEL OF 1864', (faint), breech block and action stamped with the serial number 39,355, and for the convenience of the trooper a side-rib is fitted to the left-side of the action, back-action lock stamped in small letters 'BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVIDENCE R.I.', two piece iron mounted walnut stock, the splinter forend with one spring retained band, the butt with crescent butt-plate
Provenance: The Burnside was the third most widely used carbine during the Civil War. From 1861 on, the Government purchased over 50,000. Carbines of this type saw extensive use by Northern cavalry and captured Burnside's were widely used by the Confederates. It is believed the following Confederate cavalry were armed or partially armed with them :- 2nd N.c. 8th Tx. 6th, 7th, 11th, Va.
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