Sharps Rifle

Description
Physical Description
United States Sharps rifle Model 1859, .52 caliber.
Specific History
This type of rifle was carried by the 5th New York Zouaves.
General History
The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, "Duryée's Zouaves," was one of the most renowned fighting regiments of the American Civil War. Their colorful Zouave uniforms were based on those of the elite Zouave battalion of the French Army, whose dashing appearance matched its fighting abilities. Their precise maneuvers, effectiveness in combat, and steady bearing under fire won them universal respect and recognition. "I doubt whether it had an equal," General George Sykes said of the 5th New York, "and certainly no superior among all the regiments of the Army of the Potomac." Many observers considered the 5th New York to be the best-drilled volunteer unit in the federal army.
Object Name
rifle
licensee
Sharps, C.
maker
Sharps
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 47 in x 2 in; 17.78 cm x 119.38 cm x 5.08 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
AF*10533
catalog number
10533
accession number
45676
subject
Military
Firearms
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event
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Exhibition
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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