60th Virginia Infantry Regiment
More relics from the Battle of Cloyd's Farm
Rare Find! A rifle belonging to a 60th Virginia Soldier
This 1854 'Austrian Lorenz' was imported in large numbers by both sides, Union and Confederate. The Union imported around 250,000 Lorenz Rifles, while the Confederacy imported around 100,000. Caleb Huse, a purchasing agent for the Confederacy, obtained these Austrian rifles through S. Isaac, Campbell & Co. in London initially. He then visited Vienna as the Confederate Ordinance Department purchasing agent in 1863 and obtained more for importation. This particular Austrian M-1854 Lorenz is in .58 caliber, has the original rear block sight and is without the cheek-rest seen on earlier models. The breech is marked SEILINGER, the name of the arms manufacturer who contracted to make this rifle. The lock is marked 861, which is the last three digits of the year of manufacture: 1861.
Most importantly, this firearm was carried by Private John Hirman Muselman of Co. D, 60th Virginia Regiment. "J. Muselman," and "Co. D," are carved into the stock. Muselman enlisted at 18 years of age at Lewisburg, W on 06/26/1861. He was captured in Fayetteville, WV on 04/18/1863 and was transferred to Charleston, WV. Once imprisoned, he became a Galvanized Yankee and sent to Belle Isle and later Andersonville. Once released, he was transported back to the north on the Steamboat Sultana. When the boat exploded and sank on April 27, 1865, John was one of only 627 survivors of the 2,427 passengers aboard.
Used in the charge at Frayser's Farm where bayonets crossed and courage and gallantly was rewarded with crossed bayonets being bestowed on their sacred regimental flag.
Captain Samuel S. Dews Sword
This sword is a Mitchel & Tyler sold Boyle and Gamble foot officers sword in a lap seam wooden scabbard which is extremely unusual. The Top band on the scabbard is period etched and says “S.S. Dews/60th VA Regt/PACS.
Chaplain James M. Haynes Sword
Captain Adam Given Sword
This sword is an E.J. Johnson Confederate Foot Officer's Sword
On the right side you see the AG/60th VA/Co D and below it is scratched A. Given.
Relics from the Battle of Cloyd's Farm
Civil War Relic Enfield Bayonet Found at the Battle of Piedmont
Private John Hiram Muselman's "Austrian Lorenz" Rifle
Relics from the Battle of Piedmont
Private William "One Arm Billy" Lilly Sword
Relics from the Battle of Waynesboro