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K-12
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Date Posted:
12/31/2010
Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve important messages within the American sector at Verdun; on his last mission, October 4, 1918, he was shot through the breast
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/31/2010
This gold-mounted, engraved Henry rifle was presented to Abraham Lincoln in an effort to obtain his influence in their purchase for the war effort. This rifle was awarded the National Rifle Association Collectors Society Gold Medal as an outstanding historical firearm.
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/30/2010
Until May 12, 1864, this shattered stump was a large oak tree in a rolling meadow just outside Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. The same fury of rifle bullets that cut down 2,000 combatants tore away all but twenty-two inches of the tree's trunk. Several of the conical minie balls (bullets) ar
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/29/2010
This Sharps carbine, .52 caliber, was confiscated following John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry.
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/29/2010
The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, "Duryee's Zouaves," was one of the most renowned fighting regiments of the American Civil War.  Their colorful Zouave uniforms were based on those of the elite Zouave battalion of the French Army.
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/28/2010
Model 1842 Harpers Ferry percussion musket had a smoothbore barrel. After the adoption of the .58-caliber minie bullet in 1855, musket barrels were rifled.
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Date Posted:
12/22/2010
This gun derives its nickname of the "Mississippi rifle" from the Mississippi Riflemen led by Jefferson Davis. The Mexican-American War began in 1846. Davis looked favorably upon the war as the United States stood to acquire considerable land south of the Missouri Compromise line. It was an
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K-12
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Date Posted:
12/17/2010
Physical History United States Colt M1892 revolver, .38 caliber. Specific History Colt revolver carried by Captain Allyn K. Capron. General History Captain Allyn Capron was the son of West Point graduate E. Allyn Capron. The younger Capron was ki
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/17/2010
The Henry rifle was the immediate forerunner of the famous Winchester rifles. About 14,000 Henrys were made between 1860 and 1866...
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/17/2010
This Sharps rifle was made especially for John Brown, though it bears no maker’s mark or number. Brown carried this weapon on his Kansas campaign in 1856 and later presented it to Charles Blair of Collinsville, Connecticut. In 1857, Brown contracted Blair to forge pikes for the clandestine slav
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