Another Rare Beauty from the Hills of Kentucky. This is a Prussian Model 1809
that "I" believe was made Suhl, and is known as the "Potsdam" Musket. It is
56.5 inches in Length, the Barrel is 41.25 Inches long, and "I" believe it is .
72 Caliber. This beautiful and original musket has the Proper "F W" on the
barrel, the curved tail on the lockplate that terminates in a small teat. As
well, the finials of the brass trigger guard and the toe of the butt-plate
terminate in the proper three pointed ends. Furthermore, it has the original
trumpet-shaped ramrod, and the end is drilled and tapped for the attachment of
a worm or ball puller. No major pitting or rust on this beauty, the Brass is
a mellow color that only time can make, the wood is absolutely beautiful. It
is an original and beautiful musket, with no buggered screws, and the only
thing that I know that is wrong with it; it is missing the two sling swivels.
Other than that, this is as nice as one would see in a museum. Pedersoli
sells the Reproduction of this Beautiful and Original Musket from $800.00 and
up - Why buy a Reproduction when you can have the ORIGINAL??
The Research on this Beauty indicated that the U.S. Ordnance Department
purchased approximately 165,000 of Prussian arms, and 100,300 were identified
as smooth-bores. The following are some of the facts that were noted during
this research: Weapons Issued to Missouri Union Militia Organizations by the
Missouri Quartermaster General, 1862-1865
The annual reports of the Missouri Quartermaster General during the Civil War
include information about weapons furnished to and returned by Missouri Union
militia units (although this summary does not account for all weapons issued
by or returned to the Missouri Quartermaster General). The following sources
in the collection of St. Louis Public Library were consulted in preparation of
this report: Missouri. Quartermaster General Office. Annual report, 1862/63-
1865. St. Louis, 1863-1866. Central-RB 353.9
Weapons returned to the
Missouri Quartermaster General in 1865 by various unspecified Missouri militia
organizations (MoQMG65- 148-149) included, but were not necessarily limited
to, the following items:
Prussian muskets (.72 caliber)- 3,704
is a list of weapons issued to specific Enrolled Missouri Militia and
Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia units by the Missouri Quartermaster
General during the period 1862-1865 and returned by them during the period
February 28- December 31, 1865.
69th Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia
turned in 175 .58 U.S. muskets (.58 caliber), 67 Austrian muskets (.58
caliber), 36 Enfield smoothbore muskets (.58 caliber), 152 U.S. muskets (.69
caliber), 216 Prussian muskets (.72 caliber), 695 bayonets (type unspecified),
and 36 Enfield saber bayonets in 1865 (MoQMG65- 148-149).
Enrolled Missouri Militia turned in 78 U.S muskets (.58 caliber), 30 U.S.
muskets (.69 caliber), and 60 Prussian muskets (.72 caliber) in 1865 (MoQMG65-
69th Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia (Company D) turned in 50
Prussian muskets (.72 caliber) in 1865 (MoQMG65- 148-149).
Enrolled Missouri Militia (Company D) turned in 100 Prussian muskets(.72
caliber) in 1865 (MoQMG65- 148-149).
Compiled by Thomas A. Pearson Special
Collections Department St. Louis Public Library
On 16 July, 1861, the
untried Union army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell, 35,000 strong, marched out
of the Washington defenses to give battle to the Confederate army, which was
concentrated around the vital railroad junction at Manassas. The Confederate
army, about 22,000 men, under the command of Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard,
guarded the fords of Bull Run. On July 18, McDowell reached Centreville and
pushed southwest, attempting to cross at Blackburn's Ford. He was repulsed.
This action was a reconnaissance-in-force prior to the main event at
Manassas/Bull Run. Because of this action, Union commander McDowell decided on
the flanking maneuver he employed at First Manassas.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Prince William County and Fairfax County
Campaign: Manassas Campaign (July 1861)
Date(s): July 18, 1861
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell [US]; Brig. Gen. P.G.T.
31st NY Inf. Regt. (Colonel C.E. Pratt) [882 men, Prussian
1809 SB Musket
29th NY Inf. Regt. (Colonel Steinmehr) [805 men, Prussian 1809
4th NJ Inf. Regt. (Lt. Col. R. Clark) [1,283 men, Prussian 1809
3rd NJ Inf. Regt. (Lt. Col. B. Davis) [1,082 men, Prussian 1809 SB
11th MA Inf. Regt. (Colonel Clark) [704 men, Prussian 1809 SB
12th NY Inf. Regt. (Colonel B. Smith) [937 men, Prussian 1809 SB
Furthermore, and I am not going to clutter the page any longer, but,
the 4th Iowa Infantry Regiment, used the Prussian 1809 Musket at the Battle of
Pea Ridge, in Arkansas. Therefore, it is fact that the Prussian 1809 Musket
did deliver its rounds in the Civil War - Have fun and Bid with Confidence