Serge This is a fantasy gun that somewhat resembles a sharps. I have one and I keep it in the rafters in the basement so no one can see it.
Terry 9th NYVC - 155th NYVI Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a handsome, and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming...."WOW!... What a ride!"
Confederate cavalry often used Enfields such as the P-60 Enfield. Matter of fact, The Richmond Armory turned out some "Richmond Mounted Infantry Rifles" that utilized 33 inch long barrels. I seem to recall that General Morgan's men used a lot of Enfields and liked them very much.
The absolute favorite Confederate cavalry weapon was probably a civilian, muzzleloading, double barrel shotguns-at least early in the war. Of course, these arms were usually brought from home.
Often the barrels were cut back to 20 odd inches to make the shotguns shorter so they were easier to handle on horseback. At close range, a double barrel shotgun with buckshot is a deadly and fearsome weapon.
I wouldn't call shotguns the favorite longarm. They used them because they had too. There are sources out there telling about how they traded them for rifles when they could. But according to the records some did keep them.
William L. Shifflett 4th Va Cav, Co D
"We are still expecting the enemy. Why dont he come?" -JEB Stuart
In Memory of 3 Sox, 4th Va Cavalry horse, my mount, my friend. Killed in action January 9th, 2005.
Perhaps "favorite" was the wrong word to use-but I think that we can both agree that early in the war many Confederate cavalrymen were armed with double barrel shotguns simply because often there was nothing else available to them.
I also know that during the war, at the Macon Arsenal, they were "reworking" battlefield pick-up and battle damaged .69 caliber, smoothbore U.S. Model 1842 muskets by sawing off the barrel and forestock and then issueing them out to cavalrymen. My late Uncle actually had one of those arms in his collection and it was the first black powder arm I ever shot. That was back in 1955 or 56.
While doing research on an article I wrote I ran across the fact that the State of Georgia purchased 1,600 Sharps 'New Model 1859' carbines directly from the Sharps Company in Conneticut. What makes the transaction so unique is that the state partially paid for those carbines by giving the Sharps company 6% Georgia "War" Bonds!!!