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May 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2023
Inscribed Colt Navy Revolver, Charles Loehr, 1st Virginia Infantry, (WIA) Pickett’s Charge
Standard configuration for Civil War Colt model 1851 Navy revolver, 7.5” octagonal barrel with one line New York address. According to Colt’s estimate of production, this gun likely made in late 1863 or early ‘64. Beautifully inscribed on grip strap “SERGEANT CHARLES T. LOEHR / RICHMOND, VA”. Revolver shows unquestioned use both before and after the inscription was applied, and it must have meant a lot to Loehr to have it inscribed after he likely captured or somehow obtained it in late 1863 or early 1864. Charles Loehr (1842-1915) served the entire war with the first Virginia infantry being part of most major battles with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia most notably in Kemper’s Brigade to include Gettysburg, where Loehr was reported wounded during Pickett’s Charge. After the war, Loehr wrote the regimental history of the 1st VA in 1884 and was a prominent member of the First Regiment Association of Richmond which he helped organize, and was commander. Charles Loehrs papers and ephemera from 1sT VA Association can be found in the National Archives and should be further researched. An obituary of Loehr can be found online at; https://confederatevets.com/documents/loehr_va_cv_06_15_ob.shtml.