Look at This Historic Enfield Rifle from the Civil War
By Don Summers
John Russell is a Civil War Historian and Collector who brought a historic Enfield rifle to show off at a Texas Independence Day Party in late February.
This Confederate Enfield has been authenticated by Russell who pointed out the marks of authenticity. The most important marking can be found on the stock of the rifle. The “SC” marking indicates that this rifle was purchased from England for use in the South Carolina militia.
The serial number of the P53 Enfield shows this to number 415 in the lot. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
On the lock plate of the gun, you can see “Barnett London” still clearly visible. On the butt of the gun, you will find the shipping number — this rifle happens to be number 415 of the lot. Russell assumes that this rifle saw heavy wartime action during its lifetime based on the marks on the gun.
For starters, the ramrod is a replacement signifying that this rifle was used extensively. It’s also missing both its rear sight and sling swivel which Russell points to as indications of heavy use.
A soldier inscribed his initials and the date into the gun. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
One of the most fascinating markings on the gun is carved