This weekend, the crew from the National Firearms Museum will be at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia, bringing you an incredible collection of historical firearms to celebrate the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. Here's a look at what they'll have on display:
150 Years Later: Guns of the American Civil War
2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States and the NRA's National Firearms Museum has gathered a special group of several historic firearms reflecting both sides for this weekend's Nation's Gunshow at The Dulles Expo Center.
One gun that was literally "there" at the first firing of guns is a Smith & Wesson No. 1, 1st Issue revolver presented to Lt. Colonel H.D. Townsend of the 1st Cavalry at Fairfax Courthouse on July 15, 1861 (pictured). "Mad Harry's Seven-shooter" will be joined by a Colt Model 1860 percussion revolver that also bears an engraved Fairfax, Virginia address - this well-worn Colt handgun is associated with Confederate guerilla John S. Mosby's 1863 raid where General Stoughton was captured.
Artwork courtesy of Wendy Cunningham, National Firearms Museum
A small breechloader that embodies the beginning of the big rift that set state against state, and brother against brother, is seen in a "John Brown" Sharps carbine that by its serial number was one of the guns carried by the Kansas abolitionist and his men as they marched on Harpers Ferry Armory.
A pair of Colt shoulder-stocked revolvers, fitted with rare canteen stocks, prized by Union and Confederate cavalrymen on the battlefield and off, also form part of this display.
General William T. Sherman's cased Smith & Wesson No. 2 Army revolver, presented to Sherman by members of his staff, is another unique Civil War era handgun represented in this exhibition.
The National Firearms Museum isn't the only crew from NRA that will be at the Nation's Gun Show. The team from our Membership Division will also be at the show offering great specials on NRA memberships and can even help you get into the show for FREE! Check back with us tomorrow to find out more about the membership deals NRA is offering this weekend!