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Re: Trapdoor Rifle #542487

Posted by John S. on Sunday, 29 October 2017, at 1:03 p.m., in response to Trapdoor Rifle #542487, posted by Morgan on Sunday, 29 October 2017, at 11:23 a.m.

THe markings are undoubedly those of the 8th New York Volunteer Infantry. The NY State Military Museum web site provides the following description of their service during the Civil War. They also have information on the hostiry of the unit which dates back to 1786, but obviously only the Spanish American War history is relevant to a trapdoor rifle with their markings.

"The regiment was mustered in at Camp Townsend, NY and ordered to depart on May 23rd, 1898 after almost three weeks of drill and instruction. The 8th Regiment proceeded by train to Camp George H. Thomas at Chickamauga Park, TN arriving on the 25th. While in Tennessee the regiment was assigned to the Third Brigade, of the First Division, of the Third Army Corp. The regiment remained in camp during June and July, receiving 337 new recruits during its stay. The 8th regiment left Camp Thomas on September 5th, 1898 and returned to New York. It was mustered out on November 3rd, 1898 never having fired a shot."

So, that is not an exciting history, but it is more than can be said about 90% of trapdoors for which there is no history at all, either in surviving documentation, or as evidenced by recognizable unit markings on the guns themselves.


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