"Hunter" Double Barrel 12 Gauge Shotgun used by James W. Jackson

"Hunter" Double Barrel 12 Gauge Shotgun used by James W. Jackson

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This "Hunter" 12 gauge double-barrel shotgun was used by James W. Jackson to kill Colonel Elmer Ellsworth on May 24, 1861.
Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, commander of the 11th New York Infantry, was killed on May 24, 1861. Ellsworth led a company of his men into Alexandria, VA where they saw a large Confederate flag flying over the roof of the Marshall House hotel on King Street. They went to the rooftop and lowered the flag. As they were descending they were surprised by the innkeeper, James W. Jackson. Jackson leveled this shotgun at Ellsworth and killed him instantly with a shot to the chest. Jackson was shot and bayoneted to death by Private Francis E. Brownell. Ellsworth was the first notable casualty of the Civil War and became a martyr of the Union cause.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shotgun
shotgun, percussion
Other Terms
shotgun; Firearms; Percussion Fire; 12 Ga; Smooth Bore; Muzzle Load; Sa
associated person
Ellsworth, Elmer E.
Brownell
place made
United Kingdom: England
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 45 in x 2 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 114.3 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: 44 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 113.03 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
AF.202728
catalog number
202728
accession number
22306
subject
Civil War
Firearms
Civil War
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Frank E. Brownell
Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I have a question reguarding the Shotgun. What year was the shotgun made? And how long was this design made? I have an Identical shotgun to this one. Thanks

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