FRESH find, this is an attic brown Model 1860 Spencer cavalry carbine serial number #49,744 which falls solidly in the range of weapons issued in 1864 and early 1865 to Company F of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry. It is attic brown and mechanically fine with strong markings, but is missing the hammer and lower frame screws as shown. The bore is very fine as are the original walnut stocks.
The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry was organized at Milwaukee between December 1861 and March 1862 and left Wisconsin for St. Louis, Missouri, on March 24, 1862. During the war it served in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and finally Texas, where it was mustered out on November 15, 1865.
The 1st Battalion (companies A, D, G, and K) was detached from June 1862 to September 1864 and served at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The regiment lost 312 men during service and twenty-four enlisted men were killed in action. Four officers and 284 enlisted men died from disease.