A .54 5TH MODEL BURNSIDE CAPPING BREECH LOADING CARBINE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, CIRCA 1863, serial no. 6954,
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), interestingly although marked "Model of 1864" deliveries started in 1863 and this is one of the early deliveries from that year, breech block and action stamped with the serial number 6954, 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.', (faint), two piece iron mounted walnut stock, the splinter fore-end with one spring retained band, the butt with crescent butt-plate
Provenance: The Burnside system was the invention of General Ambrose Burnside, the famous but not overly successful Civil War General. It 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
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