Burnside carbine history book

The likable, inept ambrose burnside warfare history network. The carbine is in fine condition with original finish on many parts. The stock is solid with a strong cartouche near the sling bar and strong initials in front of. Burnside rifle company model 1865 spencer repeating carbine both spencer and burnside carbines were manufactured by the burnside rifle company. This 1865 spencer burnside carbine is one of the military acceptance rifles. Jun 15, 2014 the burnside cartridge was able to hold roughly 70 grains of gun powder and the external hammer fired a cap that created the flame to ignite the powder. Im working on a way to put the lube under the ball, but life has been busy. A serial number search in the data tables published by springfield research service tells us that this carbine was issued in august of 1864 to company d of the 2nd illinois volunteer cavalry. Likewise i dont think it has been undated since it. Burnside rifle company model 1865 spencer repeating carbine. As a union army general in the american civil war, he conducted successful campaigns in north carolina and east tennessee, as well as countering the raids of confederate general. Untouched since the war, just as it was found in a leather carbine cartridge box with. Jul 06, 2012 its not commonly recognized that the burnside was the 2nd most widely available carbine in use by the union army after the sharps carbine. Army to devote himself fulltime to working on the weapon.

Noted arms historian ed hull has produced his latest collectors guide to firearms, and it is a most compelling and complete study of civil war era burnside carbines and rifles. Both spencer and burnside carbines were manufactured by the burnside rifle company. Civil war cartridges army of tennessee relics confederate. Burnside from whence the carbine received its name. The third most popular cavalry carbine of the war, the burnside was made between 1857 and 1865. The carbine was the third most prolific breech loader. Ambrose everett burnside made his mark in history as a famous battlefield commander during the american civil war. The 5th model carbines were produced from late 1863 through the end of the war, and were officially referred to as the model 1863 by the government, even though. Burnside 1862 lever action carbine singleshot breechloading black powder cartridge ammunition small breechloading carbines such as this one did play a part at antietam, especially at close range. Burnside was a part of the us army but gave up his position in order to concentrate on developing the gun in whole. Noted arms historian ed hull has produced his latest collectors guide to firearms, and it is a most compelling and complete study of civil war era burnside carbines. The burnside carbine was originally invented by ambrose burnside the man who would later command the army of the potomac and after whom sideburns would be named. Hull is an excellent detailed study of the famous carbines. Greetings, im new to civil war talk and was fortunate to accuire an 1864 burnside carbine serial number 3448, all the stampings are clear with double cartouches.

The burnside carbine was a short rifle with no fore stock that fired a. Theres a book called the burnside breech loading carbine by. Many references will list it 3rd behind the spencer. Nov 16, 2017 the burnside carbine was originally invented by ambrose burnside the man who would later command the army of the potomac and after whom sideburns would be named. In addition to sharps and spencer carbines, dozens of other types of breechloaders, from. C model 1859 sharps carbine with proper sharps markings present however. Ambrose everett burnside began his military career of varied success after graduating 18th in a class of 47 from the united states military academy in 1847. The success of burnsides bristolbased enterprise depended entirely on receiving a government contract. He served as governor and as a united states senator. Burnside came up with the idea while stationed in mexico as a young officer, and resigned his commission in 1853. Thanks for the history, and the ones who are passionate enough to.

Burnside 5th model civil war carbine in excellent condition with bright case colors. The burnside carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the american civil war. General burnside invented a breechloading rifle before the war, the burnside carbine. This carbine has all original parts and has a crisp action. You can oil your barrel and then drive a soft lead slug thru it to get your true bore diameter. Burnside certainly was an energetic and creative man who was the innovator of this well known longarms that was the third most manufactured carbine of the civil war. A breechloader is a firearm in which the user loads the ammunition cartridge or shell via the. A substantial amount of money had been allocated by congress to replace the hall carbines, and burnside hoped that.

The burnside breech loading carbines ami monograph series 9780917218224. Today, collectors of antique firearms better remember him for the handy cavalry carbine that he invented and had manufactured, a carbine that played a large part in arming federal cavalrymen during that war. Burnside 5th model civil war carbine guns international. The most serious complaint about this carbine was the tendency of the cartridge to stick in the breech once it was fired. In spite of this, few of the carbines were immediately ordered by the government, but this changed with the outbreak of the civil war, when over 55,000 were ordered for use by union cavalrymen. It is ironic that a successful firearms designer, muchmaligned general of the union army and first president of the national rifle association should be remembered not for his place in history, but for his facial hair. Jan 17, 2016 the burnside carbine was a short rifle with no fore stock that fired a. The stock is solid with a strong cartouche near the sling bar and strong initials in front of the buttplate tang. The burnside carbine was invented by ambrose burnside a union general and also the first president of the nra. The smith carbine was rather unique in terms of its operation. The burnside, one of the best carbines of the civil war, was designed by one of its worst generals. Ambrose burnsides carbine national firearms museum. Overall this is a fine example of a fourth model burnside carbine.

During the civil war era, more than 50,000 burnsides were purchased by the u. Unidentified soldier in union uniform with burnside carbine. Also where the term side burns came from as an homage to his mutton chops. However, the burnside requires a special, truncated cartridge see photo with a gas seal to function safely, and it. Division of the history of technology, armed forces history national museum of american history. Small arms used by american forces in the revolution were many and varied, however at the beginning of the war the british. Made from solid turned brass with thick walls, these. The historical facts are blended with the technical specifications in such a way as to make the book easy to read and easy to understand. The smith carbine was an american civil war era carbine, which used a breechloading mechanism. Ambrose everett burnside may 23, 1824 september, 1881 was an american soldier, railroad executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician from rhode island. This book is essential if your interested in burnside carbines. The carbine was designed and patented by ambrose burnside, who resigned his commission in the u.

The carbine was the third most prolific breech loader during the civil war after the sharps and spencer rifles. These cases are machined to original specifications and are designed to fit the blocks of original burnsides. I think it would be great to know where they may have been but have no idea if the information exists. The burnside breech loading carbines book by edward a. After the war, he briefly served in garrison duty in the southwestern united states. Mar 21, 2019 the burnside carbine was a popular carbine rifle fielded across all of the major battlefronts of the american civil war. Aug 18, 2018 starting the war as the 3rd most common carbine in service, the smith carbine may not have been the most popular, but it was a durable arm of service. Spencermanufactured models featured sixgroove rifling, while those made under contract by burnside in 1865, as well as postwar armory conversions, used threegroove rifling. Apr 07, 2016 this 1865 spencer burnside carbine is one of the military acceptance rifles. This weapon was manufactured in rhode island by the bristol firearms company and later, its successor, the burnside rifle company, from about 1857 to 1865. Likewise i dont think it has been undated since it was written.

On 9 november, burnside transmitted his proposed plan of operations to halleck. It includes history, carbine markings, production numbers. I usually just press the ball in and havent had an issue of it falling out. Floyd contracted the burnside arms company to equip a large portion of the army with his carbine, mostly cavalry, and induced him to establish.

Burnside carbine reloading sass wire saloon sass wire. American rifleman fourthfifth model burnside carbine. The burnside carbine has gain twist rifling and is extremely accurate with round balls. Original civil war burnside 5th model carbine produced by the. The joslyn carbine model 1862, often referred to as the first model, was a cavalry weapon that used an innovative pivoting breechblock system invented and patented by massachusetts gun designer 218508. Carbine this example is representative of the most common and most issued version of the burnside carbine the 5th model burnside. The burnside cartridge was able to hold roughly 70 grains of gun powder and the external hammer fired a cap that created the flame to ignite the powder. Its not commonly recognized that the burnside was the 2nd most widely available carbine in use by the union army after the sharps carbine. Burnside brass cartridge casebrass cartridge cases for the original burnside carbine. Bullets will work, but my burnside loves a round ball. The burnside breech loading carbines ami monograph series. The burnside carbine was a breechloading carbine that saw widespread use during the american civil war.

Once you have that, you can order a custom made round ball mould from jeff tanner in england. This book is the story of the design and production of the five different variations of the burnside carbine, and the cartridges, tools and accouterments furnished with them. In 1857, the burnside carbine won a competition at west point against 17 other carbine designs. Starting the war as the 3rd most common carbine in service, the smith carbine may not have been the most popular, but it was a durable arm of service. After leaving the regular army, burnside devoted his time and energy to the manufacture of the famous firearm that bears his name. Carbines uncle daveys americana civil war antique store in. Last month, i briefly described the history of the burnside carbine. Spencermanufactured models featured sixgroove rifling, while those made under contract by burnside in 1865, as well as postwar armory conversions, used threegroove. Were using a reduced charge of 40 grains of 3f blackpowder and a conical bullet. The designer of this carbine was union general ambrose e. Researching serial number burnside carbine i would love to research my burnisde and my smith and maynard if at all possible.

Burnside carbine issued to illinois cavalry and captured. Burnside carbine issued to illinois cavalry and captured by. Good representative example of this distinct civil war cartridge. Between 1857 and 1865 approximately 53,800 carbines were manufactured by these firms. He received a brevet second lieutenant position in the 2nd artillery, and served during the mexicanamerican war mostly on garrison duty in mexico city.

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