Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver owned by Frank E. Brownell

Description
Frank E. Brownell donated this .44-caliber Colt 1860 Army revolver, Serial No. 1987, to the Smithsonian. It has a fluted cylinder and "ELLSWORTH" engraved on the backstrap. Colt factory records indicate it was delivered to Governor William Dennsion of Ohio. Brownell became something of a celebrity as the avenger of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, who was killed at the Marshall House hotel in Alexandria, VA, on May 24, 1861. It is likely that Governor Dennison presented the revolver to Frank Brownell.
Location
Currently on loan
date made
1860
user
Brownell, Frank E.
referenced
Ellsworth, Elmer E.
licensee
Colt, Samuel
maker
Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
place made
United States
ID Number
AF.6961
catalog number
6961
accession number
30411
serial number
1987
Credit Line
Frank E. Brownell
subject
Civil War
related event
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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