Macon Altered 1842 Harpers Herry Musket SOLD
In 1861 and 1862 many of the early battles of the Civil War were on battlefields in the South. Confederates gathered arms and equipment dropped on the field. Longarms were sent to Macon GA to be refurbished for reissue. Muskets with damage to the barrel were to have the barrel shortened and reworked. The work included shortening the barrel, relocating the upper band and turning down the barrel and relocating the bayonet lugs. Different from the cleaning and refurbishing program, these repaired muskets were not marked. Refer to the section on the Macon Alterations in Confederate Rifles and Muskets by Murphy and Maddus.
This example started life as an Harpers Ferry 1842 musket. It was picked up on a battlefield and sent to Macon. The barrel was shortened to 36 inches. It was turned and a new bayonet lug was added. The upper barrel band was relocated. The bandspring was relocated and is touching the middle band spring. The metal is a grey brown patina with some scattered areas of light pitting. The markings are visible and readable. The stock is sound and has visible cartouches.