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Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety

Posted by Keogh on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 3:57 p.m., in response to Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 2:49 a.m.

As mentioned in a post here several years ago, John Popovich found the location of the Peace bottom fight in 1964. He may have taken Dr. Fenn there, but the Dr. was not one of the original finders, nor were fired cases literally strewn to be picked up. Some were easily found of course.

During the expedition the armament of the cavalry was mainly Sharps Carbine conversions with the exception of Cos F & K who had experimental 1870 Springfield carbines. The Infantry had mostly 1868 Springfield's plus 19 1870 Experimental rifles. How many Ward Burtons were along is unknown to me. Custer used his Remington and loaned his officers model to Pvt Tuttle. There were a few more officers models along.

Starting in 1985 Dr. Vance Haynes conducted metal detecting surveys ala the LBH surveys. Many cases were recovered and plotted. The firing pin impressions of the Sharps are easily separated from the Springfield's as the Sharps firing pin leaves a distinctive drag mark. Although, I am not familiar with the Ward Burton firing pin impression it should be easily separated from the Sharps and Springfield's under high magnification.

All of the Haynes recovered cases were archived at the LBHNM and I assume were moved to Tucson with the rest of the collections.


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