Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifled – Musket – Inventory Number: RIF 041
.577 caliber Enfield in untouched condition, nice honest patina to metal and varnish rubs from handling in combat. The ramrod is a model 1816 and based on patina, undoubtedly with the gun during its time of service. The stock has a period inscription opposite the lockplate: “J.W.C. / Spanish Fort / April 8th 65”
The Battle of Spanish Fort took place from March 27 to April 8, 1865 in Baldwin County, Alabama, as part of the Mobile Campaign of the Western Theater of the American Civil War.
After the Union victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Mobile nevertheless remained in Confederate hands. Spanish Fort was heavily fortified as an eastern defense to the city of Mobile. Fort Huger, Fort (Battery) Tracey, Fort (Battery) McDermott, Fort Alexis, Red Fort, and Old Spanish Fort were all part of the Mobile defenses at Spanish Fort.
Inventory Number: RIF 041