Spencer Repeating Rifle 9th Michigan Cavalry range !

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This is a prime example of an early army contract Spencer Repeating Rifle with solid attribution to known examples issued to the 9th Michigan Cavalry in 1863, based on known and documented serial numbers in the Springfield Research Service database.  This rifle has crisp markings, a strong bore and shows evidence of honest field use overall but no significant damage.  The original magazine tube is present and intact and the action is tight and crisp.  The serial number is 3922 which falls in the range of weapons issued right after the unit was mustered.

9th Regiment, Michigan Cavalry

Organized at Coldwater, Mich., January 8 to May 19, 1863. Left State for Covington, Ky., May 20, 1863; thence moved to Hickman’s Bridge, Ky., June 1-4, and to Mt. Sterling, Ky. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to August, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 23rd Army Corps, to November, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Ohio, to May, 1864. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to July, 1864. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, 23rd Army Corps, to August, 1864. Mounted Brigade, Cavalry Division, 23rd Army Corps, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, 23rd Army Corps, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, Kilpatrick’s 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to July, 1865.
Operations against Everett in Eastern Kentucky June 13-23, 1863. Action at Triplett’s Bridge, Ky., June 16. Pursuit of Morgan June 27-July 25. Action at Lebanon, Ky., July 5. Cumming’s Ferry July 8 (Cos. “B,” “D,” “H”), Buffington Island, Ohio, July 19. Operations in Eastern Kentucky against Scott July 25-August 6. Salinesville July 26. Lancaster and Paint Lick Bridge, Ky., July 31. Lancaster August 1. Burnside’s Campaign in East Tennessee August 16-October 17. March across Cumberland Mountains to Knoxville, Tenn., August 16-September 2. Winter’s Gap August 31. Expedition to Cumberland Gap September 4-7. Operations about Cumberland Gap September 7-10. Capture of Cumberland Gap September 9. Carter’s Station September 22. Zollicoffer September 24. Jonesborough September 28. Leesburg September 29. Blue Springs October 5 and 10. Sweetwater October 10-11. Rheatown October 11. Spurgeon’s Mill October 19. Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23. Stock Creek November 15. Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 5. Rutledge December 7. Morristown December 10. Cheek’s Cross Roads December 12. Russellsville December 12-13. Bean’s Station December 14. Rutledge December 15-16. Blain’s Cross Roads December 16-19. Stone’s Mill December 19. Dandridge December 24. Mossy Creek December 26. Operations about Dandridge January 16-17, 1864. Kimbrough’s Cross Roads January 16. Bull’s Gap January 16-17. Dandridge January 17. Operations about Dandridge January 26-28. Near Fair Garden January 27. Island Ford January 28. Strawberry Plains February 20. Cheek’s Cross Roads March 13. Moved to Nicholasville, Ky., and duty there till July. Operations against Morgan May 31-June 20, 1864 (Detachment). Mt. Sterling June 9. Cynthiana June 12. March to Marietta, Ga., July 4-27. Atlanta Campaign July 27-September 8. Siege of Atlanta August 1-September 2. Sandtown and Fairburn August 15. Stone Mountain October 2. Expedition from Atlanta to Tuckum’s Cross Roads October 26-29. Tuckum’s Ferry October 27. Near Lawrenceville, Stone Mountain, October 27. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Jonesborough November 15. Bear Creek Station November 16. East Macon and Walnut Creek November 20. Griswoldsville November 20 (Cos. “B,” “C,” “D”). Waynesboro November 27-28. Near Waynesboro November 23. Buckhead Creek, or Reynolds’ Plantation, November 28. Waynesboro December 4. Cypress Swamp, near Sister’s Ferry, December 7. Buck Creek December 7. Ebenezer Creek December 8. Seige of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Aiken and Blackville, S. C., February 11. Johnson’s Station February 11. South Edisto River February 11-12. Gunter’s Bridge, North Edisto, February 14. Phillips’ Cross Roads and Wadesboro, N. C., March 4. Monroe’s Cross Roads March 10. Near Smith’s Mill, Black River, March 15. Taylor’s Hole Creek, Averysboro, March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Raleigh & Smithfield Railroad April 10-11. Raleigh April 12-13. Morrisville April 13. Bennett’s House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Concord, N. C., May 14 to July 21. Mustered out July 21, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 26 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 154 Enlisted men by disease. Total 184.


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