Overall: 58 7/8 in. ( 149.5 cm ) Part (barrel): 42 1/4 in. (107.3 cm)
stamped: lockplate: "T. KETLAND & CO." stamped: barrel: "J. MASON"
Wood, iron, brass, and silver flintlock rifle; octagon barrel with bladed front sight, and bayonet lug added at bottom of muzzle; brass furniture with crescent-shaped buttplate and patchbox engraved with floral designs; brass scrolls inlaid at breech end of barrel, and at left side of stock and buttplate; floral-engraved silver inlays at left side of stock and buttstock; engraved branch on cock and floral engravings at tail of lockplate; checkering at wrist and forestock; wooden ramrod with octagon pipes; stamped marks on barrel and lockplate.
This British-made flintlock rifle was reportedly carried by Massachusetts militia officer John Buttrick during the fighting at Concord on April 19, 1775. Buttrick is credited with leading the advance to the North Bridge. With British soldiers firing directly at his men, he ordered them: "Fire, fellow soldiers, for God's sake fire!" The battle that followed marked the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association
Gordon Lester Ford, Brooklyn, New York before 1879; Mrs. Russell Skeel, Jr., Harriman, New York and Tucson , Arizona, by 1947
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