COMING IN MAY 2020
IMPORTANT CASED CIVIL WAR TRANTER PERCUSSION REVOLVER BELONGING TO UNION MAJOR GENERAL DON CARLOS BUELL OF THE ARMIES OF THE OHIO & THE CUMBERLAND.
inv # 01-17216
Cal: 54 Bore / approx. 44 cal.
An extremely historic example of an early model, 5 shot, 54 bore, dbl. trigger, triple action export model Tranter Patent percussion revolver. Documented history states that this revolver belonged to Major General Don Carlos Buell who was born in 1818 near Marietta, Ohio. After 4 arduous years at Westpoint, Buell graduated in 1841 & served as a company officer in the Seminole War demonstrating remarkable administrative abilities. The strict disciplinarian served under Generals Taylor & Scott during the Mexican War being brevetted for bravery 3 times. Buell spent the following 13 years in the adjutant general’s office. Then Lieutenant Colonel Buell was appointed to Brigadier General of Volunteers in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War & early in 1862 became a major general. Buell helped McClellan organize the Army of the Potomac & was subsequently sent to Kentucky to replace Sherman as commanding general. Buell then organized the Army of the Ohio which later formed the core of the Army of the Cumberland.
Buell is credited w/ saving General Grant from annihilation at the Battle of Shiloh. While serving under General Halleck, Buell saw action at the Battle of Corinth & then was dispatched to capture Chattanooga. During this period he was also tasked w/ repairing hundreds of miles of railroads while his troops were constantly harassed by Confederate cavalry. Buell did not believe in the philosophy of total war & was constantly at odds w/ his superiors about the treatment of civilians & their property in the South. This belief constantly brought him into conflict w/ politicians as well as his superiors & ultimately ended his otherwise brilliant military career.
After the war Buell settled in Kentucky & died there in 1898.
The revolver has a blued finish overall w/ the loading lever, dbl. trigger & hammer bright. There are engraved foliate designs near the breech of the bbl. & the muzzle. The frame, trigger guard, buttcap & loading lever also show a foliate engraved design. The top of the frame is not marked. The S# is on the right side of the frame just below the cyl. There is a sm. “HH” stamp on the frame just above the loading lever screw. Cyl. has several proof stamps located between each nipple. 1 Piece checkered wood grips.