Model 1842 U.S. Percussion Musket

Model 1842 U.S. Percussion Musket
Model 1842 U.S. Percussion Musket
Title
Model 1842 U.S. Percussion Musket
Date 
1849-1851
Medium 
Wood, steel, iron
Dimensions 
barrel length: 42 in. ( 106.7 cm ) Overall: 58 1/8 in. ( 147.6 cm )
Description 
Wood, steel, and iron percussion musket; iron furniture; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate, barrel tang, and tang of buttplate; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; angular iron bayonet with beak point, full face flute, and hollow back flutes; stamped mark on bayonet face.
Credit Line 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York
Object Number 
1953.146ab
Marks 
stamped: lockplate tail: "HARPERS/FERRY/1851"; center: "US" (below eagle with shield breast, grasping branch and arrows) stamped: barrel tang: "1849"; buttplate tang: "US"; barrel breech: "V"; "P"; eagle head. stamped: bayonet: "C..."
Gallery Label 
The Model 1842 was the first percussion musket produced by the national armories at Springfield, Massachusetts and Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Many of the new muskets were used by Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. According to accession records, this musket was found on the battlefield after First Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and was later presented to the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, by Fred K. Peterson of Company F in the regiment.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group