COMING IN DECEMBER 2020
RECENTLY DISCOVERED CONFEDERATE SPILLER & BURR REVOLVER CARRIED BY JOHN D. GRADY, 5th ALABAMA CAVALRY.
inv # 01-18012
Bbl. 7″ Octagonal bbl.
This is the newest serial number added to database & was just recently discovered in Gadsden, Alabama. “J. D. GRADY” is nicely scratched on bottom of grip strap. John D. Grady (1843-1895) was born, raised & died in Chambers County, Alabama. He enlisted in Co. A, Hilliard’s Alabama Legion July 7, 1862 & by December this unit became Co. A, 5th Alabama Cavalry.
This revolver bears the rare “triumphant” of markings found on Spillers, “SPILLER & BURR” on barrel., “C.S.” on frame & numbered cylinder. Serial number 322 is a number listed as being issued in June 1864 to Macon MSK. We know that this gun however was made in Atlanta Georgia in 1863 originally. It must have had a field failure after its 1863 issue, sent to Macon for repair and reissue. There is “W” inspection mark stamped in bottom of right grip seen on other known Macon Armory issued revolvers.