This 1852 dated Springfield musket surfaced in upstate New York from a collection that was started in the late 1980s and ended in the late 1990s when the collector passed away. The collector history was that it was purchased in eastern Maryland in 1999 for $1,700.00 from Bill Blumenour in Silver Spring, Maryland who stated it belonged to their ancestor, John M. Blumenour, who served the Confederacy in the 2nd Maryland Infantry.
Records show only ONE person by that name: “John M. Blumenauer; Enlisted on 9/1/1862 as a Private. On 9/1/1862 he mustered into “C” Co. MD 2nd Infantry. He was surrendered on 4/9/1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.” The weapon is in very good overall condition and the ramrod, which is from a US Model 1816/35 Springfield, appears to be original to the use of the weapon. It also has an original leather sling!
The initials “JMB” are carved in the stock as shown, typically done by Confederates in the field. Unfortunately the person who sold it appears to be deceased, so more research may be needed to positively confirm the association—but we will sell it for the SAME price it originally sold for in 1999!