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Re: Article in Man At Arms

Posted by frontierwest on Friday, 26 August 2011, at 11:50 p.m., in response to Re: Article in Man At Arms, posted by Larry Weinbrenner on Friday, 26 August 2011, at 2:29 p.m.

I can address this one. A pile from a Springfield? On the O'Fallon Creek battle site (My old hunting partner) found one position that had I believe 68 casings in one pile (I recovered a couple from there too)! The officers records I could of purchased, but did not (got a copy of it) gave a name for a certain private that shot 80 rounds at the Indians. 68 is pretty close and I'm positive it was his position on the battle site along with his other positions (fire arms data)as he climbed up the bluffs and fired from various skirmish lines on their advance. The weapons they were using were the m1868 & later 50/70 Springfield... but not scattered and all in literally a pile under the dirt.

I think some of the work can be found either from the American Battle Field protection program, or The Frontier Heritage Alliance. It was my work, that another individual is taking credit for. Which is one reason I have not shared a set of particular serial numbers as of yet. It has to do with citations, credits and such. I was working on a book that is on hold... then someone can footnote the data from my source... or offer some credits, rather than risking my work and research and including it in or as their own.

As far as the carbine in question.. unless it was passed down from one of the Indians, acquired from one of the Indians such as Thomas Marquis' collection, Genl. Miles Collection @ the Museum of the American Indian, or found in a legit battle site or period grave ect.... or an Officers detailed record was uncovered.. I'm not sure I'd buy the story or gun. I've been told.. buy the gun for the gun first...Not the story behind it.

John


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