Single shot, large frame version of the Bacon Manufacturing Company .32 rimfire single shot pistol, made in Norwich, Connecticut in the early 1860s. The pistol has matching serial numbers and a bright finish with very light scattered pitting. The action and lockup are tight and fully functional. This pistol was carried by Walter S. Rogers, who enlisted as a private in the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery in July 1861. He was promoted to corporal in January 1862. Rogers was wounded at the Battle of Harris Farm near Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, and discharged for his wounds. The 9” by 7 ¼” watercolor portrait depicts Corporal Rogers with a musket and holding this exact Bacon pistol. A wonderful Civil War grouping from a wounded Massachusetts soldier. Formerly displayed at the National Civil War Soldiers Life Museum in Spotsylvania, VA.
Walter S. Rogers - Residence Beverly MA; a 22-year-old Shoemaker. Enlisted on 7/5/1861 as a Private. On 7/5/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. MA 1st Heavy Artillery. He was discharged on 7/8/1864. (Discharged while absent wounded) He was listed as: Wounded 5/19/1864 Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Promotions: Corpl. 1/9/1862. Other Information: Born 2/24/1844 in Beverly, MA. Member of GAR Post # 89 (J. H. Chipman, Jr.) in Beverly, MA. (After war, he was a lighthouse keeper.) After the War he lived in 15 Grover ST, Ipswich, MA.
Inventory Number: HAN 182 / SOLD