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SN 2170. Cal. 44. The pride and joy of Lt. Col. Arthur V. Crego’s (1922-2010) extensive Civil War arms collection was this Confederate captured Henry rifle which his family did not sell until recently. Mr. Crego’s exceptional Civil War collection was sold intact in a Sacramento, CA auction in 2011 near his home, with the exception of this rare and historic arm which he treasured and kept with him in his office at Ft. Bliss, TX. His family knew this was his favorite object. Accompanying provenance includes a signed document from the Provost Marshal at Ft. Bliss making exception to retain a privately owned firearm on base. The left side receiver is inscribed “CAPTURED AT / GOODRICH’S LANDING / OCT 1864 / JGS”. Right side of receiver “GMS / CARRIED BY NEGROES R ‘ R / 1868” and “PAULINE” forward on frame. Lt. Col. Crego does not state where he found this gun in 1966, but does have records of the soldiers mentioned, including copies of Clement Evans Confederate Military History telling of James M. Sandidge and businesses in New Orleans and of his son James Gilmore Sandidge who captured this gun. James Gilmore Sandidge fought in Virginia in 1861 but returned to join the cavalry in Louisiana along with his brother George. The two brothers went to Brazil after the fall of the Confederacy and traveled in that country for two years before returning to Louisiana. The garrison at Goodrich Landing in October of 1864 was occupied by the 63rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry (9th Regiment Louisiana Volunteers, US). What an interesting history of a Henry rifle captured by Confederates from an African American unit, late in the Civil War. Henry’s are rare enough weapons and there is no doubt it is quite rare that black units or their officers carried them. This is a special, historic Henry that more research may tell a more complete story. Accompanying notes of Col. Crego state that the date 1868 refers to wedding gift of gun to from James to brother George, but not sure how this was arrived. PROVENANCE: Pvt. James G. Sandidge, 6th Louisiana Cavalry, October 1864; George M. Sandidge, 1868; Lt. Col. Crego, 1966. CONDITION: Gun appears orig and complete with exception of rear tang screw. Matching SN 2710 found on upper tang and buttstock channel. Bbl has crisp, well defined markings with old cleaning and is overall grey/bright. Brass has a medium mustard colored patina with old dings and dents. Inscription on left side easily discerned. Inscription on right side more difficult to interpret, see photographs. Stock is sound, fairly well fit with slight gap at frame. Hand worn patina and hairline rear of top tang. Mechanically functional though magazine guide binds. 50969-1 JS (30,000-40,000) – Lot 4012

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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