Model 1842 U.S. Rifled Musket

Object Number: 
1951.407
Date: 
1854
Medium: 
Wood, steel, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 58 1/8 in. ( 147.6 cm ) Part (barrel): 42 1/8 in. (107 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: barrel breech: "V"; "P"; eagle head; barrel tang: "1854"; buttplate tang: "US" stamped: lockplate center: "US" (below eagle with shield breast, grasping arrows and branch); tail: "HARPERS/FERRY/1854"
Description: 
Wood, steel, and iron percussion rifle musket; iron furniture; trumpet-head steel ramrod; long-range rear folding sight; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate, barrel tang, and buttplate tang; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel.
Gallery Label: 
The Model 1842 was the first percussion musket produced by the national armories at Springfield, Massachusetts and Harpers Ferry, Virginia. From 1856 through 1859, the barrels of 14,000 muskets were rifled to fire the new minnie bullet, and many of the altered guns were fitted with a rear sight to accomodate the new bullet's ballistics. According to accession records, this musket was carried by a member of the 7th Regiment when the regiment was ordered to Washington, D.C. in April, 1861.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group