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Relic LBH officers model
Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Monday, 20 July 2020, at 6:16 a.m.
In, quotArmy and Navy Life and the United Servicequot, Volume X, July, 1907 No. 7, page 736, one will find an article. It is The Small Arms Exhibit at the Jamestown Exposition, by Colonel Philip Reade, 2nd U.S. Infantry. He writes of the firearms provided by Ordnance. Alas, the descriptions are ever so brief. What caught my eye was this PSpringfield B.L.R. Officers Model Cal. 45 relic of Custer Massacre. PChecking, again, Als Volume II, pages 124 and 184, is the 1874 sale of a sporting .45 rifle to then Lt. George D. Wallace KIA Wounded Knee, 1890. No other officers of the pre LBH 7th purchased from Springfield a .45 sporting rifle or officer model. I am NOT suggesting that this rifle was Wallaces at LBH. Someone more into that disaster might see if he lost his mount andor rifle. It also could have been a weapon sold to the Indians, although that would be quite early for a copy. Or, the caliber and style could be misidentified some thirty one years after its alleged provenance. If only it could be located
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