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Tranter Revolver presented to J. E. B. Stuart

Tranter Revolver presented to J. E. B. Stuart

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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.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Firearms; Percussion Fire;.45 In; Rifled; Muzzle Load; 2B; Sa
date made
ca 1860
Stuart, J. E. B.
von Borcke, Heros
Tranter, William
place made
United Kingdom: Grand Bretagne
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
steel (overall material)
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
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accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
serial number
Credit Line
William G. Renwick
Civil War
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National Museum of American History
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