Post by kettlebrook on Jan 21, 2015 13:50:15 GMT -5
I am looking for any information that might confirm which model Sharps & Hankins was issued to the 9th NY and 11th NY cavalries. I cannot find any cross on serial numbers to units or individuals. I believe the correct model to be the army model 19 inch barrel (saddle ring carbine). Any information or suggestions on where to look would be appreciated.
As concerns a discussion of weapons of the 9th. If this works the picture attached is of Orin Grover, a member of the 9th NYVC. It is interesting to note that he has a NAVY version of the Sharps & Hankins in his hand. I was reading in a book I have that is called “The History of the 9th” (you may already have this book) and I came up with a time line of events as relates to the weaponry of the 9th. The author of this book gives the month and day but often time forgets to give the year. You have to follow along and keep track of the months to figure out which year he is talking about. I did this and found these interesting facts. The 9th was issued muskets sometime around April of 1861 (page 36). Around the same time that some of the companies were forced into service as Artillery (page 32). Then in July of 1862, two companies were issued Burnside carbines (page 49). It wasn’t until September of 1862 that they received some Sharps and some Sharps & Hankins carbines (page 59). It was over the next year (1863) that more were armed with the S & H.
I was unable to find any reference to the Henry rifle but in another book there were references to the late war issue of the Spencer rifle to some of the companies of the 9th. (Saddle and Saber, by Gary N. Taylor, ISBN 155613-847-4, Page 168) I could not find any mention as to when or if they had to give up there S & H carbines. I hope this is the answer you are looking for.
I use a Sharps & Hankins when I reenact with the 9th. It has been modified to shoot blanks that I make out of 44 mag brass. I can give you more information on the blanks if you would like. I did finaly get the picture to show up.
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2018 16:17:42 GMT -5 by major146
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!"