This buckskin coat was worn by Custer when he was Lieutenant Colonel with the 7th U. S.
Smith and Wesson Schofield Revolver
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/13/2010
This Smith & Wesson was found loaded at the Little Big Horn Battlefield in 1883.
The Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver, .45 caliber, was manufactured from 1875 to 1878. The vast majority of the 9,000 guns went to the U.S. Army. Many saw service in the Indian Wars, though they were reported in use as late as the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection. The First Model Schofield has a latch configuration that is rather pointed at the top and has a circle around the screwhead at the bottom. Serial-number range will give you an indication of whether it is First or Second Model; the numbers change from the First Model to the Second Model at a little over 3,000.
United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)
Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
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5: Patterns of global change in the era of Western military and economic domination, 1800-1914
6: Major global trends from 1750-1914