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Authentic Confederate Manufactured or Used Swords and Firearms of the Civil War
The Cased Pistols of Confederate General John C. Carter 38th Tennessee
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This is a wonderful, cased set of pistols. These pistols were given as a Christmas present in 1861 from "Katie”. There is a letter from 1959 stating that this believed to be Katherine Barr, "His Sweetheart”. The inlaid presentation plaque on the lid of the English Oak case has the presentation inscription as well as the December 25th 1861 date. The first gun is a fine original Model 1849 Colt revolver with matching serial numbers of 159,237 which would have been made in late 1859. On the backstrap of the revolver it has the jeweler quality inscription that reads "To Capt. John C. Carter / 38th Tennessee Infantry from K.B.”. Carter was a Captain during December of 1861 but would rise through the ranks to the rank of Brigadier General on July 7th 1864. He was one of six Confederate Generals that would die from their wounds at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee in November of 1864. The second gun is a small "Peanut” size single shot pistol known as a Deringer. This is an unmarked example that wasn’t made by the famous Philadelphia gunmaker, Deringer. On the wrist of the small gun it has the inlaid silver shield with the inscription K.B. to J.C.” The guns come beautifully encase in the oak casing that has the frenched style brown lining intact. Also in the case it has the pair of bullet molds as well as the powder flask and percussion cap tin. The case is accompanied by a CDV image of the General in his Confederate uniform. The paperwork that accompanied the gun show that this set was sold in 1973 by Mr. Turner Kirkland of Dixie Gun Works in Union City, Tennessee. This set was once part of the amazing collection of Mike Miner of Sevierville, Tennessee. It has spent the last several years in the collection of my friend and country music legend Hank Williams, Jr. Hank has decided to let a few things go so this is your opportunity to own a true piece of Tennessee history. He allowed me to write a letter about their history and signed it stating that it has been part of his personal collection.

Item #: B115
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