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Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Friday, 22 June 2012, at 8:41 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield Trapdoor Serial Number, posted by John Dorwin on Tuesday, 19 June 2012, at 5:45 p.m.

The National Archives has microfilmed much of the Office of Indian Affairs files. Only by going through these reels (and, there may be hundreds,if not thousands of reels), focusing on "letters received" amd "letters sent" will you find (possibly!) such information, if any. I remember seeing a 5th Cavalry carbine being transferred to the Cheyenne- Arapaho Agency, in Oklahoma, circa 1895, mentioning the serial number of the carbine. I seriously doubt that there were any large numbers transferred, The Annual Reports of the Secretary of War for those years, MIGHT list, under the Report of the Chief of Ordnance, the amount transferred to the Department of Interior Office of Indian Affairs, but I do not ever remember seeing any such information. Also, reading the period documents, the army still had concerns about Indian insurgency, even at that late date, Just look at the Birch Lake Uprising of 1898 (Krags were used). It's probably a waste of time and effort to search for actual serial numbers. Sorry, to be so blunt, but that is how 19th century records are, if they are lucky to have survived.


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