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I am doing some research on a couple of ’66’s I will do it in 2 posts; This one is a 1866 s.r.c. ser#15311, inscribed ; ” Presented To Lt. William J. Creasey by the Citizens of Newburyport , Mass. June 11 1869″ I have come to find that Lt. Creasey served under Gen. Ambrose Burnside with the 23rd Mass. infantry regiment ,1861-1862. and involved in the invasion of Eastern N. Carolina. 20210627_194228.jpgImage Enlarger20210627_194234.jpgImage Enlarger20210627_194345.jpgImage Enlarger20210627_194239-1.jpgImage EnlargerBorn in Newburyport 1822 died 1905. Does anyone here recognize this ’66 or can tell Me more about  Lt. Creasey. He was also presented a Henry rifle in 1867 by the same folks. I’m just wonderin’ what He did to be presented with 2 firearms by the same people. This gun is well used but in good condition still.

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Fascinating. Interesting that it was from the same time period as your other 1866. Any chance they came from the same collection? 

 

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They have been in the same collection for the past 35-40 years but were acquired seperately into that collection. I find it fascinating that Lt. Creasey was presented with at least 1 other gun, (Henry) and that I am unable, so far , to find out His significance in Newburyport. If I can get access to His military records , it may come to light.

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 The early 1866’s usually had rifle butt plates, not carbine style. T/R

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You’re right  TR , but this one does match up with the carbine stock20210629_093112.jpgImage Enlarger20210629_093213.jpgImage Enlarger  Here’s what ‘ve found so far; Lt. William J. Creasey, born Jan. 24, 1822 Newburyport Mass.. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1861 as 1st. Lt. with Co. I  39, 23rd Mass. Infantry Newburyport Mass- res. 24 July 1862- served at Roanoke Is. and New Berne with Gen. Ambrose Burnside. His picture is on page 110-111 chap. 7 “History of the 23rd Mass.” Apparently He was a ship owner and involved in freight and ship building but still can’t find why the gun presentations. Regardless it makes Me feel humbled to hold the same gun as this handsome fellow 150 odd years ago.

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I agree with TR.  In that serial range  (Henry marked)  that carbine should have a brass rifle butt plate.  The number stamped on the stock is clearly  48 C, while the lower tang and butt plate are 486.  Dosen’t  make  sense. 

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