Very difficult to find early war Confederate 1861 dated “high hump” rifled musket manufactured in Richmond, Virginia, using the machinery and parts captured at the Harpers Ferry arsenal. These early models copied the form of the Model 1855 Rifled Musket which utilized the Maynard Tape Primer system but didn’t mill out the lock plate for the cap assembly. This particular weapon exhibits a US marked iron buttplate, likely captured at Harpers Ferry, but was milled for a straight shank ramrod as most all milled stocks from Richmond have. As with all Richmond Armory weapons, there are no inspector cartouches in the wood and the “U” barrel band alignment stamps are offset. The bore is above average and the action is tight and crisp.