Tranter Revolver presented to J. E. B. Stuart

Description
Not long after the Battle of Chancellorsville, Confederate Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart received this English-made Tranter revolver from Maj. Heroes Von Borcke, a Prussian officer who served as Stuart's chief of staff.
The .45 caliber six-shot double action percussion revolver, serial number 8673T, was made by William Tranter of Birmingham England. It came in a case with all the accoutrements, including a bullet mold, cleaning rod, nipple wrench, lubricated bullets, lubricant, and percussion caps.
The lid of the case is inscribed: "Lt. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, C. S. A./ From Heroes von Borcke/ Culpeper, Va. June 1863." Following "Stonewall" Jackson's death in May of 1863, von Borcke was convinced Stuart would be promoted to Lieutenant General. Stuart never received the promotion because he was wounded in action at Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864 and died the next day.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
revolver
date made
ca 1860
user
Stuart, J. E. B.
presenter
von Borcke, Heros
licensee
Tranter
maker
Tranter, William
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in; 30.48 cm
barrel: 6 in; 15.24 cm
overall: 12 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 13.97 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
United Kingdom: Great Britain
ID Number
AF*245168.106A
accession number
245168
catalog number
245168.106
collector/donor number
R0793
serial number
8673T
subject
Military
National Treasures exhibit
Civil War
event
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
National Treasures exhibit
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
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