HISTORICAL SHARPS CARBINE IDENTIFIED TO THE 50TH NEW YORK ENGINEERING REGIMENT

 

Spring 2024 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction

June 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2024
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!

 

HISTORICAL SHARPS CARBINE IDENTIFIED TO THE 50TH NEW YORK ENGINEERING REGIMENT

01-24519
Cal. 52
S# C28139

New model 1863 carbine identified as belonging to Cpl. Michael Richard Conley of the 50th New York Engineering Regiment. Cpl. Conley was wounded on the right knee while working on the bridges in Fredericksburg. The 50th Engineers moved with the Army of the Potomac from March 1862 until they were mustered out at Washington D.C. on June 13th, 1865. The engineers accompanied the Army of the Potomac at many battles including: the Siege of Yorktown, Seven Pines, Antietam, the Battle of Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Mine Run Campaign, Battles of the Wilderness, Siege of Petersburg and Richmond, Hatcher’s Run and were present at Appomattox for the surrender of General Lee and his army. The regiment lost during service: 1 officer and 19 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, as well as, 1 officer and 206 enlisted men to disease. This carbine has the standard 22″ bbl. with pinned blade front sight and Lawrence patent rear sight. Percussion action has Sharps priming feed on lockplate with saddle ring and bar on left side. Band fastened carbine forearm and straight grip stock with steel carbine buttplate. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: the carbine was purchased from Sylveira Adler, Cpl. Conley’s granddaughter by a collector in 1982. Included with the carbine is a treasure-trove of family and regimental history including a portrait of Cpl. Conley in uniform. Many other photographs and tin types of Cpl. Conley and many relatives. Personal history includes: certificate of scholarship to Eastman college in Poughkeepsie, NY, August 16, 1865, his marriage license in Marshall County, Kansas dated September 15, 1872, a receipt for his burial plot in Cyprus hills cemetery dated April 28, 1912, land deeds as well as other documents. This large grouping includes many family and personal documents. Keepsakes include a small German language bible and his military insignia. Also included is a folder containing company muster roles, information about the 50th New York Engineering Regiment and a photo-copy showing the regiment with a pontoon boat at Rappahannock Station, March 1864. CONDITION: as found in uncleaned condition. Metal has an untouched dark brown patina. Original stock finish is darkened with age showing numerous scratches, dents and marks. Sound and functioning action. Dark pitted bore retains a small amount of rifling.

STATUS: ANTIQUE

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