Burside Carbine, Fourth Model
Wood, steel, iron
Overall: 39 5/8 in. ( 100.6 cm ) Part (barrel): 21 in. (53.3 cm)
stamped: barrel band: "D"; barrel: "CAST STEEL 1862"; "H"; "I"; breechblock: "11695"; receiver: "11695" stamped: lockplate: "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO./PROVIDENCE R.I."; breech: "H"
Wood, steel, and iron percussion carbine; iron furniture; hinged center of breechblock; stamped marks on lockplate, barrel, barrel band, receiver, and breechblock.
Burnside carbines were among a group of weapons whose use during the Civil War heralded the rise of breech-loading firearms and the decline of muzzle-loaders in the postwar years. Designed by Union general Ambrose Burnside, they were widely used during the war by many cavalry regiments, including the 1st New Jersey.
Gift of Charles MacCauley
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