This musket hung for years over a store counter in Cokesbury, New Jersey. Imbedded in the stock is a wonderful piece of soldier’s art engraved with the name “B.S. Wolverton” of the 15th New Jersey. This is a neckerchief is crafted from a thick piece of bone, with Benjamin Wolverton’s unit information meticulously carved in relief from company to army service. The 6th Corps emblem and the space around the lettering is carefully filled with red and blue colored wax, and the lettering is flanked by two patriotic eagles. An identical example from another soldier in the 15th New Jersey exists and was sold by the Union Drummer Boy. The musket is a Model 1863 type II, sometimes referred to as the Model 1864. The lock plate is dated 1864 and bears the Springfield marking and eagle. The lock is functional but slightly weak on the half cock position. The nipple is in very good condition. All metal parts have a scattered light brown patina. The stock has been sanded but still retains two cartouches opposite the lock. The bore is slightly dark but would clean up well if desired, and still retains good rifling. A wonderful, identified musket carried by a soldier in a hard fighting unit.
Benjamin W. Wolverton - Enlisted on 7/22/1862 as a Private. On 8/25/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. NJ 15th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 6/22/1865 at Hall's Hill, VA.
Inventory Number: RIF 136 / SOLD